Jake Adams (1996) is a composer, guitarist, ethnomusicologist and gamelan performer from Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Jake studied his undergraduate degree at the University of York and studied composition within this time with Thomas Simaku and Roger Marsh. He then continued his studies at the University of York, graduating in 2019 with an MA in Music with distinction supervised by Thomas Simaku. Jake's work primarily explores the field of cross-cultural composition, with a focus on using approaches to microtonality, form and timbre from different cultures, as well as creating new works for non-western instruments. Respect for the cultures from which he is learning is key to Jake's work, and as such collaboration is a key factor within his practice. His work has been performed by ensembles and soloists including the Quatuor Diotima, Skipton Camerata, Jasdeep Singh Degun, the Chimera Ensemble, Gamelan Sekar Petak, Chinnawat Themkumkwun, Darragh Morgan and AMOK. In September 2021 Jake will begin his PhD at the University of York, supervised by Martin Suckling and Daniel March.
Jake is the founder and director of The Arc Project, a collaborative new music initiative. The project aims to create a new creative platform in the North of England for composers and performers, with a particular focus on collaborative and shared composition processes.