Jacob is an ethnomusicologist, world music tastemaker and global explorer with an insatiable curiosity for the diverse ways in which people express themselves through music. Jacob’s adventures have taken him to dozens of countries, and hundreds of the world’s greatest international music festivals, showcases and performance venues in search of exceptional musical talents.
Since 1998, Jacob has been the main music researcher for the acclaimed world music compilations label Putumayo World Music, contributing songs and liner notes to over 100 Putumayo collections that combined have sold over 10 million copies. In 2006, Jacob founded the record label Cumbancha, and in 2009, he embarked on a new adventure as host of a new music and travel television program Music Voyager. While at Oberlin College, where he was a double major in history and Latin American studies, Jacob conducted field research on music and society in Central America. He was awarded the Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and graduated from UCLA in 1994 with a master’s degree in ethnomusicology.
Jacob has been a professional trumpet player, the Label Director for Tinder Records, and he’s written for The Beat, Global Rhythm Magazine, and the LA Times Book Review as well as hosted the radio program “Uncompass” on the San Francisco radio station KALW. Jacob lives in Charlotte, Vermont with his wife Deirdre and daughters Simone and Schuÿler. He runs his enterprises from an antique refurbished barn in the Green Mountains. Also on the property is Cumbancha’s partner company, Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering.
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