Dr. Quinn Jacobs is a Toronto-based composer, performer, arts administrator, and educator. His works evoke undulating dreamscapes of sound and movement, guiding audiences through the interconnected wildernesses of music, dance, theatre, and ritual.
Quinn composes for ensembles and organizations of all sizes and varieties, and has recently worked with the Esprit Orchestra (contemporary orchestra, Toronto), 90th Parallel Productions (film studio, Toronto), Bakarlari (new music collective, Montreal), NOW Ensemble (contemporary chamber ensemble, New York City), Thinkin’ Big (big band, Boston), and the Jong Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (wind ensemble, Amsterdam). His works have been performed in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Boston, Chicago, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Helsinki, Saas-Fee, and other cities in North America and Europe.
In addition to individual commissions, Quinn has been a key member of arts organizations in Toronto. He is the founder and artistic director of Din of Shadows, an experimental music theatre company that commissions and produces interdisciplinary works by Canadian creators – the company has worked with 39 creators and performers toward 11 world premiers across its first two seasons. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Angela Blumberg Dance, a charitable dance organization in Toronto. As well, in 2016 and 2017 he served as the composer-in-residence and music director for The Secret Shakespeare Series, a theatre company for which he scored five plays.
Quinn has also been active throughout his career as a guitarist and bassist, performing in jazz, soul, rock, and pop groups in Toronto, Boston, and The Netherlands. He currently performs with Toronto-based groups Human Magic (disco/ ska), Drago Dit Dragon (psychedelic rock), Nick Price (soul), and Supersonic Hearts Band (wedding/ corporate). When not making art, Quinn strives to creatively empower others. This often takes the form of teaching, which he has been doing for 8 years in different contexts – as a Core Music Mentor at Berklee College of Music, as a Teacher’s Assistant at the University of Toronto (music theory and ear training), and as an individual guitar and bass instructor at small music academies around Toronto. He is also developing an educational music theory card game for young music students, which he plans to publish in 2020.
Quinn holds a BMus in Jazz Composition and Guitar Performance from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, an MMus in Composition from The Netherlands’ Utrecht Conservatory, and a DMA in Composition from the University of Toronto. He is represented by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), and has received funding from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the SOCAN Foundation.
Quinn looks forward to the sounds that have yet to be made, and the stories that have yet to be told!