Jake Sorgen is a music-maker and poet currently based in Chicago.
“Jake Sorgen’s languid, lugubrious voice, haunted by burble of whispering voices in the head, lit by backdrop of compassionately strummed acoustic guitar, tear drop steel, lyrical strings and river deep bass; occasionally straying to stranger, convoluted musical places; is illuminated by ruminative instrumentation, almost improvisational jazz and magnetically mesmeric, meandering, swaying half spoken vocal…impossible to put down.“– Chumki Banerjee, Mudkiss Magazine
In his songwriting and compositions, Jake’s music blurs borders between notated and improvised, music and theatre, poetry and song. His latest solo text-music work The Forgotten Suite, was released in February 2021 and displays a genre-bending combination of composition, improvisation, and spoken word poetry. A new interdisciplinary ensemble, Small Giants with Actor/Director Matt Bowdren, Actor Brenna DiStasio, Writer/Director Nic Adams, and Visual Artist Brian Hendricks will release its debut EP in August 2021. His forthcoming self-titled LP, Jake’s 6th album of original songs, will be released in fall 2021 on I Am Them. Records.
His concert works have been performed by the Loadbang Ensemble, Kite Quartet, Invoke String Quartet, and members of the Instant Composer’s Pool, as well as a myriad of music and interdisciplinary ensembles featuring Jake as a guitarist and bassist.
As an instrumentalist and improviser, Jake has performed and studied with many of the masters on the scene today including Jeff Lederer, Joe Fonda, Mary Oliver, and Jasper Stadhouders.
From 2014-2019 he served as Composer in Residence and Artistic Associate for the American Theatre Wing award-winning Rogue Theatre in Tucson, AZ and has written for theatre and dance companies in Boston, Tucson, Chicago, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Jake was named the 2018 “Maverick Prodigy” Composer by the Maverick Concert Hall in New York and was awarded a 2020 Composer’s Fellowship by the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He holds a BA from Emerson College and is a current MFA candidate in Music Composition at the Vermont College of Fine Arts where he studies with Carla Kihlstedt, Roger Zahab, and Michael Early.
“[Jake Sorgen] creates music—and often performs it live—that lends an incalculable depth to our experience of [The Rogue Theatre’s] shows”– Tucson Weekly