Jake Sorgen is a Composer/Improviser/Musician originally from Woodstock, New York. He has composed for and performed solo and with musicians, actors, and dancers throughout the United States and Europe.
Jake’s compositions and improvisations are heard alongside plays and physical theatre works at theatre companies around the country; in performance spaces throughout Europe alongside improvisational dancers and movement artists; in music venues from coffee shops to concert halls and on 4 albums of lyrical songs. All throughout Jake’s approach to composition, improvisation, and music-making seeks to make strong, economical impacts with sound and story.
Since 2014 Jake has regularly composed and performed for theatre companies around the country, creating collaborative scores for plays from Shakespeare to Beckett to contemporary original dramas and devised physical theatre pieces. Scores are very often performed live by Jake on guitars and plucked strings, piano, and occasional reeds and other exemplary musicians from the classical, jazz, and improvisation worlds.
In 2016 Jake traveled to Amsterdam where he began an ongoing collaboration with choreographers, dancers, and musicians in the Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, and the UK. Jake has taught several workshops with Israeli dancer Ady Elzam on the collaborative practice of merging movement and music in an improvised setting.
During the summer of 2018 Jake was invited back to his hometown of Woodstock to perform at the Maverick Concert Hall as the “2018 Maverick Prodigy.” At Maverick, Jake debuted 2 new works for text and music, and 2 new works for guitar, doublebass, and drumset.
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