Our Story

Ken Jacobsen is a guitarist, cellist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer who currently lives in Tacoma WA and teaches there as well as Vashon Island. He has a degree in classical guitar performance and has performed and recorded many different classical styles including Renaissance, Baroque, Spanish/Flamenco, Brazilian guitar, Tango and modern music. He performs regularly as a solo guitarist and with various ensembles including Tacomas's Verde ensemble and the Vashon-Maury Island Chamber Orchestra. He also loves playing Jazz guitar, everything from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis and John Coltrane, Bossa Nova, and Cuban Son. Ken has been playing cello as well for many years, beginning in college with an irresistible urge to learn the Bach Cello Suites, and currently performs regularly on electric cello with loops and effects, creating multi-layered ambient soundscapes. His love of world and folk music led him to the Middle Eastern Oud, Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin and Djembe. Ken's first real instrument was a Fender Stratocaster, and he's always ready for a funky throwdown, having played with bands such as Vashon funk powerhouse Blue Monster. He has more recently been involved in electronic music production and performance, with unique live performances combining hardware synthesizers and drum machines with cello, guitar and percussion. Ken is the Executive Director of Destiny City Music Collective, a Tacoma non-profit dedicated to providing quality, affordable music education and performance opportunities  to students or all ages and income levels.

Ken has been living music his entire life, and has been honored to have been able to provide unique, quality music for a wide range of events including wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events, clubs, private parties, house concerts and much more. Feel free to contact him with any questions regarding music for your event.

Upcoming performances

2/23/20   Jack Straw  Cultural Center- Electric cello, guitar with Butoh dancer

3/14/20  Equinox Studios, Seattle  Electronics and cello

3/19/20    Third Thursday opening show - Ols Post Office, Tacoma

7/11/20 El Tufo, Tacoma-Latin guitar