The music of composer, Derek Jacoby, attempts to combine his disparate interests in improvisational jazz, Renaissance music and the classical music tradition. Very much informed by the music of Beethoven, Bach, Debussy and Stravinsky he has also been deeply affected by his study of Renaissance composers Orlando de Lassus and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Much of Jacoby’s music plays out a synthesis of voice-leading technique found in Bach and Palestrina with the intervallic structures found in the improvisations of jazz musicians Miles Davis, Woody Shaw and Dave Douglas (Jacoby is also a trumpet player). Importance is always placed on showing the listener a complete sonic landscape and somehow leading them through it. Since the inspirations are so diverse, the integration and thorough blending of these ideas is even more crucial than usual.
Artists who have performed his works include the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Composers, Inc., Dinosaur Annex, the Tanglewood Music Center Fellows, Longitude, the Irrelevants, the Nodus Ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and the Parker String Quartet.
Currently, Derek is working on a recording project funded-in-part by the St. Botolph Club of Boston. Recent and upcoming commissions include a large work for the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble and Charles Peltz, a piece for trumpet and percussion for Fulbright Scholar Joel Brennan, a percussion quartet for the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble of Chicago, a mixed trio for Composers, Inc. in San Francisco, California and a piece for ensemble and narrator for Boston Musica Viva. More information (though not always perfectly updated!) can be found at and at