CURRICULUM VITAE

Jakob Riis (born 1964, Vejle, Denmark)
Ystadsgatan 15 tr 2
214 24 Malmö
Sweden

 


This CV is divided in the following sections:

Summary, work as composer, with Alarm112, with The Orchestra, as freelance musician,
Discography, education, conductor/teacher, miscellaneous. and grants.

 

 

 

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Summary:
Composer, improvisor, laptop-musician og trombonist. Educates trombonist at the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen 1990. 2-years studies in composition at the same place 1998.

Has composed music for a large range of various ensemble types and situations: bigband, chamber music, mobile soundart for boombox ensemble, multichannel loudspeaker orchestras, interactive compositions for the web (Flash-programming) and solo laptop. As performing musician he has been playing with musicians like Axel Dörner, Mats Gustafsson, Lotte Anker, Philipp Wachsmann, Arve Henriksen, Staffan Svenson, Carla Bley & Steve Swallow, Pierre Dørge ao. Is represented on numerous CD-, vinyl- and digital releases.

Experiences with music and the arts of dance/performance, for example: Europas Ran (1995) og Visit (1999). Around 2001 he switched main instrument from trombone to laptop (MaxMSP).

 

 

 

 

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Composer:
Selected works:

- COLORS OF: (2012) 55'
co-composer Ola Paulson. For Konvoj:Ensemble feat. Evan Parker and Sten Sandell (with financial support from Kulturrådet, Sweden).

- PITCHER PIANO (2012) 12'
for 8 boom boxes + conductor (The Ghettoblaster Ensemble, mobile multispeaker unit). (with financial support from Statens Kunstfond).

- AVLÄGSNA JORDBRUK (Danmark återbesökt) (2011) 8'30''
for Copenhagen Art Ensemble + quadrophonic sound system (with financial support from Statens Kunstfond).

- RUNNER UP (2009) 10'
for Copenhagen Art Ensemble + quadrophonic sound system (with financial support from Statens Kunstfond).

NOTATIONER #1 - 4 (2008)
sound-installation for 4 prepared loudspeakers and computer

- DI MANGA (2007) 9'
for bigband (composed for Brazilian Scandinavian Jazz Orchestra with financial support from Statens Kunstfond).

- IN NO PARTICULAR TIME (2005) 18'
for Copenhagen Art Ensemble + 8 loudspeakers

- THREE_PLACES@NEW.DK (2004) 7'
for solo laptop.

- MEHR RÄUME IN NEUEM DÄNEMARK (2004) 23'
for solo laptop

- CADENCIA POR UN FUTURO MEJOR (2004) 14'
for 8 boom boxes + conductor (The Ghettoblaster Ensemble, mobile multispeaker unit).

- JEG RØD, SLANGESØJLE, VANDFAST MED HAVET (2003) 20'
for mezzosopran, cello, saxofon, basklarinet, slagtøj, klaver (til tekst af Kenneth Krabat)(bestilt af ToneArt til Biennalen 2003).

- LANDSBY (2003) 15'
for klaverkvintet + oplæser (til tekst af Mette Moestrup) (bestilt af Statens Kunstfond til Lyrik/Musik projekt).

- DESTILLATER OG KONCENTRATER (2002) 18'
for 8 boom boxes + conductor (The Ghettoblaster Ensemble, mobile multispeaker unit).

- KONGLUMERAT (2001) 25'
(w/ Jakob Brandt-Petersen) for powerbook duo and flintstones.

- MERE GAS MED KUL PÅ H. C. ØRSTED (2001) 25'
acousmatic piece for 8 loudspeakers.

- LUBRICANT GAMES (2001) 9'
for bigband (with financial support from Statens Kunstfond).

- Z & H (1994 rev. 2001) 8'
for bigband.

- HAVET (1994 rev. 2001) 7'
for bigband.

- DISTANT ARRIVALS (1994 rev. 2001) 5'
for bigband.

- SONIC-ON-GRAPPA (2001) open piece'
Real-time audiovisual performance tool. Flash programming.

- REGISTER TO VOTE (2001) 8'
for chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet, percussion 1, percussion 2, violin and cello) (with financial support from Statens Kunstfond).

- SALTY RESONATER (2000) 8'
for 4 loudspeakers, drum set, guitar, piano, cello.

- RELEASE PARTY (2000) 60'
Musicdramatic performance (music by ATAGS: Steffen Poulsen, Jakob Riis and guest Kim Hiorthøy; performance v/ BIDT: Daniel Norback and Kristoffer Krarup).

- GET OUT OF MY LIFE WOMAN (2000) 20'
(w/ Jakob Brandt-Petersen) for powerbook duo.

- 38-39, FREDFYLDT & FORNØJELIGT (2000) 8'
for 4 loudspeakers, guitar, tape and sten.

- PULP 451 (2000) 8' (CD: Hans Fjellestad "Red Sauce Baby").
(w/ Hans Fjellestad) for male voice, female voice, elektronica + misc. instruments and objects.

- A WHOLE LOT OF POTATOES En sæk kartofler and to folkelige melodier (2000) 9'
for The Orchetra (bigband) (with financial support from Statens Kunstfond).

- EARDROP MOBILE (1999) 6'
for chamber ensemble (clarinet, marimba, vibrafon, violin and cello).

- PRENZLAUERBERGISCHE KONZERTE (1999) 15'
for Copenhagen Art Ensemble (with financial support from Statens Kunstfond).

- INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRESENCE (1998) 9'
for Copenhagen Art Ensemble + stringtrio and percussion.

- THREE INDICATIONS (1998) 11' (CD: Ensemble NEW & Randers Byorkester "Crosswinds")
for Randers Byorkester and Ensemble New

- SE NELO, SNUS TIGER (1997)3:20'
for Radioens Underholdningsorkester

- JXS (1997) 50'
trombone/live-electronics

- HEDVIG (1997) 6:20'
for 17 instrumentalists

- KRONOS (1996) 15'
vocal/dictaphone/megaphone,flute/alto-sax and bigband
commisioned by Ensemble NEW (Vejle Amt's basisensemble)

- MORD - EN HVERDAGS HISTORIE (1995) 7'
trombone/diktafon (for an choreographi by Anne Katrine Kallmoes)

- BARE NOGEN FÅ ORD SÅ (1995) 7'
flute, 2 trpts, tenor-sax, trbn, tuba, guitar, drum set

- SMOKE OUT (1994-95) 8' (CD: The Orchestra "SmokeOut")
for bigband

- EUROPAS RAN (1994-95) 60'
musicdramatic piece for bigband, dancers and 1 actor

- KOEN SIGER MUH! (1994) 6'
flute, 2 trpts, tenorsax, trbn, tuba, guitar, trommesæt

- IN ABSENCE OF MIND four studies (1994) 5'
for bigband

- PLAIN PEOPLE (1993) 6' (CD: The Orchestra "not as softly as...")
for clarinet and bigband

- STRAY (1992) 6' (CD:The Orchestra "not as softly as...")
for trombone and big band

- DISCOURSE - OFF COURSE (1992) 5' (CD: "HerlevRocker")
for bigband

 

 

 

 

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Alarm112:
ALARM112 gave it's last performance in november 2002. Mediaensemble ALARM112, was formed in february 1995, it's an orchestra working in a field of soundart, concerts, performance, internet and multimedia. ALARM112 is continously developing in a process of free flow, with ears wide open for the possibilities of the present instance. Any sound is regarded as potential music. Both brand new and obsolete technologies, as well as acoustic, electric and electronic instruments applies.

- "AudioScope", Quadrophonic concert + live 8mm film mix by Martin Klapper. Basement, Copenhagen, 20 november 2002.

- "Smarthome Convention" A poetic journey exploring the utilizability and conventions of todays smart devices. Live performance in video and sound. Presented at concerts and festivals in Germany, Poland, Sweden and Denmark, 2001.

- "Knappen (the Button)" interactive work for CD-rom and internet, december 2000.

- "Saving the Planet" Concert + Video: Copenhagen Jazzhouse and 'Nya Perspektiv' in Västerås, Sweden, september 2000.

- "Loddefest V" video exhibited at Forårsudstillingen, Charlottenborg 2000 (major danish censored exhibition).

- "Knappen" soundproduction and manned installation at Soundbienalen Ssshhhhh, Copenhagen, oktober 1999.

- "Ariergarde/avantgarde Festival " Insko, Poland august 1999.

- "Smalzwald" Berlin august 1999.

- "AV-annoying" & "AV-pleasant" two collaborations with videoartise Anders Elberling - showed atCopenhagen Jazzfestival juli 1999 "Theater Styhr and Kjær" and Magic Music Festival Århus oktober 1999.

- "VISIT" audiovisual (sound)performance for the space of scenic art. At dancetheater BIDT Ryesgade Copenhagen. June 1999 - instrueret af Karen Margrethe Jensen.

- "15 grader i timen" 45 minutes soundjourney for radio - Lydmuren Danish Radio P1 May 1999.

- "http://www.alarm112.com/polka/live.htm" concert at &VOLUME's polka project 2/4 - 1999.

- "15 degrees/hour" Live internet 24-hours transmission 28/2 - 1999.

- "www.alarm112.com" internetsite for webart ao. dec. 1998 - 20??.

- "Kaos & Kompleksitet "koncert i Exercishuset, Göteborg, Sweden 27/4 - 1997.

- "Sansynligheden for at blive frisk ved et mirakel " an improvised performance by Alarm 112 & Sirenerne (Expos d. 2 & 3/5 - 1997 iDansens Hus).

- Dec. 96, concept and sounddesign for noiseopera"Historie på to steder". Produced for Lydmuren DR P1, broadcasts 19/12 & 21/12 - 1996.

- "Koncert på to steder" Museet for Samtidskunst i Roskilde 4/8 - 1996 (broadcast in Lydmuren DR P1 8/8 - 1996).

- "Live i lydgalleriet" Jan. 1996 - Town Hall Square underground soundsystem..

- "Mængden af katastrofer i sekundet er ikke konstant" an improvised performance by Alarm112 and Sirenerne. Sound, light and movement (Expos d.6&7/12 - 1995).

- "Oversmurt med blod" recording and mix october 1995.

- "The Broadcast" live in Radio Kurts program Striptease Paula 1. aug. 1995.

- "Alarm 112 på strøget" (coverage by TV-STOP and Vesterbro lokal - TV), 21. aug. 1995.

- "Live i Gryden", 1. aug. 1995 Alarm112 premiere concert at mediecenteret KURT.

 

 

 

 

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The Orchestra:
From 1992 trombonist and composer for the bigband "TheOrchestra", during 93 - 95 also co-leader for the band. The Orchestra has been touring in Scandinavia performed at Montereux Jazzfestival, Copenhagen Jazzfestival, Aberdeen International Youth Festival and Edinburg International Jazzfestival, besides doing radioperformances for Swedish and Danish Radioes. Producer of the CD "Not as Softly as.." (MusicMeccaCD1043-2). Since 1996 The Orchestra have been granted status of special ensemble by the Danish Music Council.

With Peter Skov Kragh, co-creator of the multimedia performance "Europas Ran", performed 6 times during march 1995 at 'Den Anden Opera' Copenhagen. Performance with The Orchestra, 7 dancers and 1 actor.
In Europas Ran Jakob Riis was composer, conductor and co-producer.

October 2001. Concerter and CD-recording of the music by Jakob Riis.

 

 

 

 

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Freelance musician:
Among others played with: Lotte Anker, Pierre Dørge, Jørgen Teller, Jakob Draminsky Højmark, Hasse Poulsen, Lars Juul, Peter Friis Nielsen, Arve Henriksen, Staffan Svenson, Carla Bley & Steve Swallow. Continously working as freelance musician, in example with Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra, Danish Radio Bigband, Tivoli, Niels Jørgen Steen's A Team, Salsa Na Ma, Erling Kroner's Dark Side Orchestra, Holger Laumann, Cordero & Los Gran Daneses, HavannaClub, Ghanaian Inspiration, TT13 and Dane TS Hawk & his Great Mongo Dilmuns.

Autumn 1996 Musician at the play Billimil at The Royal Danish Theater.

Premiere of own quartet "Sweet & Pungent" dec.1993 ni Unicorn Jazz. Repertoire of own compositions.

Bass Trombonist in 'Jazzgruppe 90' during aug. 1990 - dec. 1991. Concerts i DK, cd -recording.

With 'New Music Orchestra' at Copenhagen Jazzfestival in 1988, 1989 and 1991.

Musician at Toms Eventyr, Gladsaxe Theater jan. - maj 1990.

 

 

 

 

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Discography:

Konvoj Ensemble: "Mira"
(Konvoj Records, KOR 009, 2016-05-25) @Bandcamp

Hanoi New Music Festival Ensemble 2013: "Being Together"
(Setola di Maiale, SM2840, 2015-06-XX)

Anders Lindsjö och Jakob Riis: "Tack!"
(Setola di Maiale, SM2770, 2015-06-XX) @Bandcamp

The Orchestra feat. Tuva Semmingsen: "Money"
(The Orchestra & Gateway Music, ORCH CD 009, 2014-11-24)

Lotte Anker, Jakob Riis: "Squid Police"
(Konvoj Records, KOR 006, 2014-11-11) @Bandcamp, @iTunes, @Spotify

Bill Horist / Jakob Riis: "The Cessation Elegy"
(Lava Thief 009, 2014-04-07) @Bandcamp, @iTunes, @Spotify

Liudas Mockunas / Jakob Riis: "Uncertain Statistics"
(Konvoj Records, KOR002, 2013-09-25) @Bandcamp, @iTunes, @Spotify

Konvoj Ensemble fest. Evan Parker & Sten Sandell: "Colors Of:"
(Konvoj Records, KOR001, 2013-09-25) @Bandcamp, @iTunes, @Spotify

E-xtension Trio: "På bunden af foråret"
(E-xtension Trio, DKYN113001, 2013)

Ris och Ros: "No Service" @Spotify, @iTunes
(Schhh production, SE3JQ12002, 2012-11-08)

Gustafsson & Strid / Riis And The Smooth Ones - Split 10"
(Gaffer Records, GR10SS-06, 2011)

Lars Møller, The Orchestra: "Episodes"
(Calibrated, CALI117, 2011)

Nguyen Thanh Thuy & Jakob Riis: "ngau hung tranh - tranh improvisation"
(Phoung Nam Phim, 2010) @iTunes

Jakob Riis: "No Denmark" @Spotify, @iTunes
(Olof Bright, OBCD 31, 2010-08-26)

Hindi + Riis: "Trunking" @archive.org
(Clinical Archives, cae354, 2010-01-28)

Per Svensson: "Intergalactic Sound Transmission"
(Olof Bright, OBCD 27, 2010)

O\'Leary - Pasborg - Riis: "Grønland" @Spotify, @iTunes
(Aucourant Records, AUREC 0907, 2009)

WRRP: "WRRP"
(Treffpunkt, Treff CD 001, 2008-05-21)

Beirut - Ystad
(Olof Bright, OBCD 16 - 17, 2007)

Rød Planet: "RPM" @iTunes
(ILK records / Rude Awakening, ILK137CD / 1DCD0033, 2007)

An Auf: "An Auf" @Spotify, @iTunes
(ILK Records, ILK132CD, 2007)

Stefan Pasborg: "Triple Point"
(ILK Records, ILK130CD, 2007)

Brazilian Scandinavian Jazz Orchestra
(Axis CD 10, 2007)

Expanded Botanics: "Refugium" @Spotify, @iTunes
(Ninth World Music, NVM 039, 2006)

Marcos Fernandes, Hans Fjellestad, Haco, Jakob Riis: "Haco Hans Jakob Marcos" @Spotify, @iTunes
(Accretions, CDALP-040 Limited Edition, 2006)

Lotte Anker: "Six Row Barley"
(Utech Records 013, 2005)

Copenhagen Art Ensemble: "Don"t Mention the War" @Spotify, @iTunes,
(STXCD 20512, 2005)

The Orchestra: "Pieces of Mind"
(Calibrated, Cali 006, 2005)

Minijacks: "Minijacks"
(MJCD 001, 2004)

The Ghettoblaster Ensemble: (7 x MiniCD boxset)
(Ssshhhhh Editions, 2003)

Toxicum: "Toxicum"
(TCB records, TCB 004, 2003)

Expanded Botanics: "Expanded Botanics"
(Ninth World Music, NWM 031 CD, 2003 )

The Orchestra: "In absence of mind" @Spotify, @iTunes
(Cope records, Copecd 073, 2003)

Rød Planet: "Rød Planet" @Spotify, @iTunes
(TCB records, TCB 003, 2003)

Beats & Bigband - The Orchestra Meets Live Electronica
(Calibrated, Cali 002. 2003)

The Orchestra "New Skies"
(DaCapo, DCCD 9483, 2001)

Hans Fjellestad: "Red Sauce Baby"
(Accretions, ALP-019 CD, 2000)

Copenhagen Art Ensemble: "Angels\' Share"
(DaCapo, DCCD 9452, 2000)

The Orchestra "NOXX"
(DaCapo, DCCD 9438, 1998)

Ensemble NEW & Randers Byorkester: "Crosswinds" @Spotify, @iTunes (1 track "Three Indications")
(Classico, CLASSCD 260, 1998)

Alarm 112: "Alarm 112" @bandcamp
(AV-ART-records, AACD 1005, 1998)

Cordero & los Gran Daneses: "Del Norte y Tropical"
(Jorge Cordero, 1996)

The Orchestra: "Smoke out" @Spotify, @iTunes
(dB productions, 7 393789 96037 1, 1996)

Discourse-Off CourseBig Band: "Herlev Rocker"
(Compilation CD, I.C.M 94.01, 1994)

The Orchestra: "not as softly as..." @Spotify, @iTunes
(Music Mecca, CD 1043-2. 1993)

Frans Bak and Jazzgruppe 90: "Hymn to the rainbow"
(Bellaphon, CDLR 45055, 1992)

Holger Laumann: "Instead of siesta"
(DDGU/DDSG&I, MTB 10, 1992)

 

 

 

 

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Conducter/teacher:
March 2004: teaching at The Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagn. Workshop week for large orchestras.

Spring 1997: guest conductor for Prime Time Big Band.

Conducts The Orchestra in the multimedia performance "Europas Ran" at Den Anden Opera, Copenhagen, march 1995.

Conductor for Discourse - Off Course bigband august 1993 - juni 1995.

Conductor for Arne Stenlunds bigband august 1993 - juni 1994.

Conductor for Nivå bigband august 1990 - juni 1993.

With Jazzgruppe 90: 1991 teaching at Bigband summit in Odense, and a one week workshop at Vallekilde Højskole.

Teaches ensemble playing at Hvidovre Ungdomsskole in the season 1988 - 1989.

Teaches ensemble playing at Hillerød Musikaftenskole for Voksne during 1986 - 1988.

 

 

 

 

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Education:
1997 - 1999: Participant in the composers workshop 'Den 3. Vej'.

1996 - 1998: Studied Composition at Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen.
Studies with Bob Brookmeyer, Svend Hvidtfeldt Nielsen and Jens Winther.

1986 - 1990: 4 1/2 years studies at Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen, Studying trombone. Graduatet june 1990.

1984 - 1985: Private studies with concert pianist Erik Fessel and Kgl. kapelmusicus, solotrombonist Keld Jørgensen.

1983High Scool graduation from Rødkilde gymnasium, Vejle.

 

 

 

 

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Miscellaneous:
2012 - ? Board member of Arbetsgruppen för musik, Konsnärsnämnden, Sweden

2008 - ? Board menber of Frim/Syd, society for improvised music in Scania, Sweden

2008 - ? Board member of Ars Nova, Malmö

2005 Relocating to Malmö, Sweden moving from Copenhagen, Denmark.

2004 - 2005 Member of 'The e-group' working to improve conditions for electronic music in Denmark.

2002 - 2007 Co-leading ssshhhhh.... based "The Ghettoblaster Ensemble"

2001 - 2003 Chairman for the society 'Kanten' which works for establishing and the operation af a concert space for experimental music in Copenhagen.

Dec. 1995 - aug 1996. Program secretary at the ferry 'Kronborg', During Copenhagen Cultural City 1996. Arranger of 40 concerts, two techno raves, "Kronborgs Erindring - det personlige rum" an interactive sound and ligth installation, and Metropolis City Soundscapes.

1999 - ? Member of Ssshhhhh... Copenhagen based group of sound-artists

1998 - 2000 Chairman for the society Av-Art Records arranging concerts and publishing cd'es with improvised and eksperimental music.

1998 -1999 member of Danish Jazzsociety's NEM - fraction for experimental music.

 

 

 

 

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Grants:

Numerous working grants from Statens Kunstfond

Numerous working and travel grants from DJBFA.

2008 Working Grant from Konstnärsnämnden

DJBFA's Honorary Prize 2006

Statens Kunstfonds 2-årige igangsætningsstipendie 1999-2000.