Jacob Wolkenhauer learned to play trumpet one day in fourth grade when he impulsively followed a crush into band class. He went on to teach himself to play piano and later the guitar at the age of 18. Never content to simply replay songs out of books, he began writing and composing from a young age – sometimes playing the songs himself, and other times composing songs on his computer with an early MIDI sequencer.
After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2006, Jacob took the relevant parts of his Dance & Linguistics majors, got rid of the actual dancing and language, and started composing in earnest. While making albums entirely at home for himself and friends, he was also honing his chops playing live and running an open mic in Berkeley. Before even releasing his first full-length CD, a video of him performing at his open mic had attracted over 600,000 views on YouTube, he produced an album for a local band, and he was composing for his college dance company.
In 2009, he released his instrumental album “Flux” on a Creative Commons license to encourage people to share and distribute it. Since releasing “Flux”, he has been playing lead guitar with his band The Hangover Brigade, composed the scores for three additional dance pieces with San Francisco dance company Post:Ballet, four short films, and is always already working on more.
Discography & Works:
Original compositions for film:
Original compositions for dance:
I’ve performed at: San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade, Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, LastSundaysFest, Cafe Du Nord, Yoshi’s Lounge (SF), Blake’s on Telegraph, Hotel Utah, Martuni’s, Red Devil Lounge, Nomad Cafe, Chez Poulet Gallery, A Cuppa Tea, Rooz Cafe, Caffe Trieste, Edinburgh Castle, 50 Mason Social House, The Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf, Zughaus, Rooster’s Roadhouse, Coffee to the People, Brainwash Cafe, Ice Cream Renaissance (Portland)
My films have screened at: FRAMELINE – San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Boston LGBT Film Festival, Milwaukee LGBT Film Fest, Seattle LGBT Film Fest, New York City Horror Film Festival, Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, A Night of Horror International Film Festival, FILMOUT San Diego (Best Short Film – Male), Philadelphia QFest, Dark Carnival Film Festival, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Chéries-Chéris Film Festival, OUT Twin Cities Film Festival, Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, Bern Queersicht, LAFA, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Roze Filmdagen, Out in the Desert (Crystal Cactus Jury Award – Best Feature Documentary)
My music has been used in dance performances at: UC Berkeley, Mills College, Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center, Sonoma State University, Herbst Theatre, 111 Minna Gallery
Alvarez AV2SB Baritone