Jakob Pek is a musical artist based on the west coast of North America. A multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, and poet; a son, brother, lover, grandchild, and friend; born in B.C., Canada, raised in Las Vegas, NV, and based in Oakland, CA.
Jakob’s deepest musical influences come from diverse realms of the musical world. On the one hand, the great finger-style guitarists of the last century have deeply inspired and guided his musical direction (Lenny Breau, Ted Green). On the other, musical artists who have pushed to the frontiers of musical exploration—the outer limits of musical perception—have also had a profound impact on Jakob’s musical life (Pauline Oliveros, Karlheinz Stockhausen).
Jakob’s creative work interweaves and synthesizes diverse realms of culture, music, language and experience so as to give life to art that expands and deepens our current capacity for imaginal perception. He has toured the west coast extensively, is a part of numerous ensembles based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is active in curating concerts in both California and Nevada. He is co-founder of the Jam at the Barn Music Festival in Blue Diamond, NV.
Jakob attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA where he studied with Phil Lawson, John Stowell, Terry Setter, and Andrew Buchman, as well as played on occasion with the late Bert Wilson. He continued his studies at Mills College in Oakland, CA, where he received both a Master of Fine Arts in Improvised Musical Performance and a Master of Arts in Composition. It was here that Jakob studied with Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, Roscoe Mitchell, Zeena Parkins, and Maggi Payne.
Jakob’s principle musical mentor during the last few years has been composer, theorist and author W.A. Mathieu, former disciple of Classical Indian Vocalist Pandit Pran Nath.
Jakob performs and teaches regularly. He has played alongside David Behrman, Rent Romus, Arrington De Dionyso, Alvin Curran, Jennifer Wilsey, William Winant, Andrew Weathers, and many others. Some current musical projects include DunkelpeK, a duo with percussionist Nava Dunkelman, Ell III, a trio unlike any other, with Joshua Marshall and Andrew Jamieson, the composer collective Medium Sized Band, made up of Jon Myers, Brett Carson, and Joshua Marshall, and his ever evolving solo-work.