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Jessie CoxNew York, NY
“…modelled on timeless grooves worthy to make the lovers of Sun RA drool…” BienneOut (CH).
“…complex, beautiful music.” Castle of our Skins.
Jessie Cox is, a composer, drummer, educator and music theorist, currently in pursuit of his Doctorate Degree at Columbia University. He has written over 100 works for various musical ensembles including electroacoustic works, solo works, chamber- and orchestral works, works for jazz ensembles and choirs; for performers such as JACK Quartet, Claire Chase, String Noise, ICE, Rebekah Heller, Vasko Dukovski, Either/Or, Cory Smythe, Ryan Muncy, Katinka Kleijn, Promenade Sauvage, Janet Underhill, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, etc.
As a performer he has played in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the USA; with musicians from all over the world including Roman Filiu, Julian Shore, Mark Wade, Maher Beauroy, Marc Hannaford, Brian Krock, Weston Olencki, Lester St Louis, Sam Yulsman, Barbara LaFitte, Lucy Clifford, Tomas Sauter, Alexander Levin, etc. He has been studying composition with Georg Friedrich Haas, Richard Carrick, Seth Cluett, Derek Hurst, Marti Epstein, and Drums with Neal Smith, Tony “Thunder” Smith. Jessie has played at the Accra Jazz Festival and the Martinique Jazz Festival with the Maher Beauroy Trio, Rhythm and Thought Festival with High Key People, has been performed at NUNC3 at Northwestern University, New Music Gathering, Bang on a Can Music Series, Roulette Interpretation Series, OpenICE Library Festival at Lincoln Center, Frequency Series at Constellation (Chicago), String Noise Sounds Series in NYC (Co-Curator), and won the Leroy Souther’s Award (2015) and the Bill Maloof Award (2017) for his compositions. He was a finalist in the international composition competition ALEA III with his piece Earth for two Bassoons, and two of his compositions have been selected to be featured regularly on the NPR WGBH.
Jessie Cox graduated from the Berklee College of Music on scholarship in 2017, with a degree in composition.
Jessie Cox’s musical career began when he was only three years old. He took rhythm and solfège training at the music school of his hometown Biel/Bienne in Switzerland. At the age of six years his interest in percussion instruments started showing and he began taking Djembe lessons. This was also the time when he first started composing his own music.
When he was twelve years old he started playing the Drumset in different cover bands and he started taking lessons with the internationally acclaimed latin-music artist Carlos Kort.
Performance of my solo Bb clarinet work by Vasko Dukovski.