Composer, laptop musician, improviser. Active in the experimental fields of electronic music, soundart, sonic webart, improvisation and contemporary composition. Jakob Riis was educated trombone player form Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen 1990. A few years later his interest moved towards composition and free improvisation. During 1996-1998 he studied composition at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory with teachers Bob Brookmeyer, Jens Winther and Svend Hvidtfeld Nielsen. Around 2001 he changed his main instrument from trombone to laptop, primarily working with MaxMSP.
Today Jakob Riis primarily works with noise and electroacoustic music in various formats: duo, solo and larger ensembles. He has composed for and worked with a wide range of different ensembletypes: bigband, chamber orchestra, multichannel loudspeaker orchestra and solo laptop. In recent years improvisation is a growingly important element in his music.
Currently Jakob Riis are composing for and performing with: Amplify the Arab (w/ Jassem Hindi), Konvoj Ensemble, Liquid Nails (w/ Mathias Kristersson), Nguyễn Thanh Thủy, Ris och Ros (w/ Ann Rosén) og The Orchestra
Jakob Riis has been composing-, playing- and released cd's with/for people and ensembles like: Alarm112, An auf (w/ Jacob Anderskov), Anne Katrine Kallmoes (choreographer), ATAGS, Bidt (performancetheater), Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Den 3. Vej's Kammerensemble, Ensemble Midt-Vest, Ensemble New, Expanded Botanics (w/ Peter Ole Jørgensen & Philipp Wachsmann), Hans Fjellestad, Jørgen Teller, Lotte Anker, Lydmuren (DR P1), Nielsen, Pär Thörn, Pierre Dørge, Randers Byorkester, Riis and the Smooth Ones (w/ Mats Gustafsson & Per Svensson), Roskilde Festival (performance), Rød Planet (with Liudas Mockunas and Stefan Pasborg), Ssshhhhh....(soundbiennale in Copenhagen), The Ghettoblaster Ensemble, The Minijacks (laptop quartet), Toneart Workshop Ensemble and Toxicum.