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Jacob Swanson's new album with contemporary works for soprano saxophone and electronics is now available for digital download on iTunes and CDBaby, and in physical format (CD) through Jacob's own website (or CDBaby)!

Hugo's piece Retroactive Negotiability is track number 9 on the record.

About the piece:

‘Retroactive Negotiability’ for soprano saxophone and digital audio playback (“tape”) was composed for Jacob Swanson. The piece came about after Jacob and his duo partner, Sarah Marchitelli (Decho Ensemble), performed new works by Norwegian composers in 2016. While the piece for Decho, ‘Spiritual Negotiation,’ also included digital audio playback, the material used in this solo piece is quite different. The track for Decho was based on recordings of various metal sounds, while the track for the solo piece is all recordings of my voice. The material for the soprano sax is laid out on a timeline with spatial notation rather than standard rhythmic notation. The performer uses a stopwatch to keep track of time and to be in sync with the digital track. The title of the piece also connects back to the original duo.


Where to listen & buy:

Apple Music/iTunes

CDBaby (digital/CD)

Jacob Swanson's website (CD)






Both Retroactive Negotiability and Spiritual Negotiation will be performed in Toronto on Oct 1, 2017. See below for more information!


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A short Promo Video with snippets of several of my works:





-- Upcoming Performances 2017 --

  • SEPTEMBER 30 - 19:30 / BERGEN, NORWAY
    The second performance of Nidarkitekturos Fem for countertenor and brass quintet will take place in Bergen on Sept 30, as part of the BrassWind 2017 festival.
    The piece is inspired by modern architecture in Trondheim, Norway.
    Location: Universitetes Aula, Bergen
    More information here.


  • OCTOBER 1 - 19:30 / TORONTO, ON, CANADA
    DECHO Ensemble with special guest John C.L. Jansen will perform two of Hugo's recent works plus other works from their repertoire, including works by other Norwegian composers.

    This concert is made possible with financial support from the Norwegian Society of Composers, and is part of the society's 100 year anniversary celebration.

    Concert starts at 7:30pm
    Location: Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Avenue

    Facebook event page






  • TBA / OSLO, NORWAY
    Performance of the piece "Transparencies" for solo guitar with guitarist Ole Martin Huser-Olsen.
    Location: Biermannsgården, Oslo
    This concert was originally planned for May 14, but had to be postponed due to illness.
    More information to come...






Past events...