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Composer, singer-songwriter, and producer Jacob Snider was named Best New Artist by NPR/WXPN and his work has been featured on the BBC and KCRW to critical acclaim. In 2015 Snider released his debut album, CARRIER (featuring Armand Hirsch), produced by Tony Berg (Andrew Bird, Blake Mills), praised by Bandcamp chief curator Andrew Jervis as "heartfelt, a little eccentric, folk-leaning pop, marrying crafty production with great songs...a superb debut."

A graduate of Columbia University, Snider studied composition with MacArthur Fellow George Lewis, and orchestration with Karl Berger (Ornette Coleman, Jeff Buckley). He has shared stages with The Roots, Big Thief, The Civil Wars, RJD2, Matisyahu, Shawn Colvin, Livingston Taylor, Krystle Warren, Shaina Taub, Holly Miranda, Kate Davis, Alan Hampton, Mike Brun, and Nina Shallman, and has performed at the BMI/Billboard Showcase at South by Southwest, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Irving Plaza, among others.

In 2016 he co-wrote “Paranoïaque Transcendantal” with French singer-songwriter Olivia Ruiz, whose album Miss Météores charted at number one throughout Europe. In 2018, he began composing for film and television, which included original scores for TOKEN (dir. Joy Shi), bronze winner at the LA Independent Shorts Awards, MY LIFE WITH BOYS (dir. DaJuan Johnson), and an original performance for IMAGINARY CIRCUMSTANCES (dir. Emma Koenig).

As a producer, Jacob is currently working on upcoming releases from Mike Brun, and Chelsea Sue Allen. He is also collaborating on an album with Jim Fairchild of Modest Mouse. A re-release of his solo debut CARRIER is slated for 2019, comprised entirely of the original album’s instrumentals, featuring string arrangements by Rob Moose (Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver).

In 2019 he was awarded the top composition scholarship from Mostly Modern Festival, where he will premiere works written for the American Modern Ensemble, and the American Modern Orchestra.

He is currently pursuing an M.M. in Screen Scoring at NYU, studying with composers Mark Suozzo and John Kaefer.

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