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Jacob Richards

Oct 14, 2018

Jacob graduated from Cal with a degree in Music and Applied Mathematics in 2014, and continued his musical education at Cal Arts where he received an MFA and later premiered his solo drums and electronic project, BATTERY. Throughout his musical career, Jacob has performed with Steve Lehman, Drew Gress, Tia Fuller, Myra Melford, Vinny Golia, and many more, and has toured extensively in the US and abroad. He is not just a drummer, but also a composer and coder. He has experimented with electronics, incorporating computation into his music to create a unique experience and environment. One of his projects, a virtual reality experience with improvisation, won him the Ableton Prize at the 2017 CalArts Digital Arts Expo.

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