Jessie Cox

Jessie Cox

Jessie Cox

One of the world’s most brazenly experimental composers, Swiss artist Jessie Cox makes music about the universe—and our future in it. Through avant-garde classical, experimental jazz, and sound art, he has devised his own strand of musical science fiction, one that asks where we go next. For the last decade, his music has been marked by its freeness; his embrace of otherness has led to a body of work described by the LA Times as “some of the most experimental music, not just of the day, but the season.” Cox’s music goes forward. When he describes it, he compares it to time travel and space exploration, likening the role of a composer to that of a rocket ship traversing undiscovered galaxies. He is influenced by a vast array of artists who have used their music to imagine futures, and takes Afrofuturism as a core inspiration, asking questions about existence, and the ways we make spaces habitable. (Bio by Robin Smith).

Photo credit: Adrien H. Tillmann

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