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Musician and Author



Therehas been a bit of buzz about me lately, I am happy to report. Throughout my musical career, I have received reviews and write ups, for my solo and group performances as well as my compositions and recordings.

The Return of Daniel Jacobus! Thanks to my agent, Josh Getzler, and Faith Black Ross, my new editor at Severn House, Jacobus is alive and kicking and cantankerous as ever. He'll make his return in the summer of 2016 to solve the mystery of the missing violin maker, Amadeo Borlotti, after his shop has burned to the ground. Until then, stay tuned and in tune!

The 2014 Vivaldi by Candlelight concert was named one of the Top 10 concerts of the year by Salt Lake Magazine. Thanks to the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy for sponsoring the event for the 32nd consecutive year, to renowned harpsichordist, Mark Kroll, for his spellbinding performance, and to the musicians of the best Baroque ensemble this side of Venice (at least in my humble opinion). Top 10 concerts - 2014 Vivaldi by Candlelight

"Pea Soup," the first of my trilogy of bizarre backwoods New England short stories, has just been released in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #14. Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #14

The next, "Christmas Concerto" was selected by Level Best Books for their 2015 anthology entitled Rogue Wave, and will be on bookshelves soon. "Christmas Concerto," with a parrot who wouldn't talk, also received an honorable mention for the Al Blanchard award at the New England Crime Bake.

And in the spring, "The Day After Memorial Day," with shades of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, will be in the May issue of Berkshire Magazine.

My new composition, "William Grandstaff," a work for three singers and three instrumentalists about an former slave who became a rancher n Utah in the 19th century, was premiered at the Moab Music Festival on September 1 and was a feature story on KSL-TV news in Salt Lake City.

Level Best Books has selected my mystery short story, "Christmas Concerto," as a winner of their writing contest. The story, about the mysterious death of elderly but resourceful Uncle Percy at an assisted living facility in the Berkshires, will be published in their 2015 anthology of crime short stories.

I recently returned from a two-week tour of China and Japan with the Boston Symphony and have written a behind-the-scenes story about it that will appear in the July issue of Berkshire Magazine from the unique perspective of the soon-to-be-retired wardrobe trunks.
Berkshire Magazine - "Well-Traveled-Baggage"

One of the major works of that tour was the amazing "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz, and my thoughts about performing that piece, in general and on the tour with the BSO and Maestro Charles Dutoit, will be written up in August Bulletin of the prestigious Berlioz Society.

I have also been commissioned by the Moab Music Festival to compose a piece for a Labor Day concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of Canyonlands National Park. I've chosen as a subject William Grandstaff, an intriguing late-19th century African American cattleman. (The canyon he ranched outside of Moab is named for him, though regrettably it's called Negro Bill Canyon, and originally was called worse). The 10-minute piece calls for three voices and three instrumentalists and will depict the critical moment when Grandstaff decides whether to flee to Colorado to escape the hostility of white settlers.

Here's a flattering review of "Devil's Trill" from Simply Music: link to review

Last December was my 10th anniversary as Music Director of the Vivaldi By Candlelight chamber orchestra series in Salt Lake City. It was a special treat to perform three amazing Vivaldi concertos from his Opus 4, "La Stravaganza," on the "Firebird" Stradivarius, one of the world's greatest violins. I hope you'll enjoy these performances and also three gorgeous concerto grossi by Arcangelo Corelli, including his magnificent "Christmas" Concerto.
Vivaldi Violin Concerto in B Flat Op4. No.1
Corelli Concerto Grosso in D Op.6 No,4
Vivaldi Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 4 No. 4
Corelli, Concerto Grosso in B-Flat Major,Op.6 No 11
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D Minor Op.4 No.8
Corelli Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op.6 No.8 "Christmas Concerto"
Here's an essay I wrote talking about my experience playing on the incredible "Firebird." And if you want to read more about the background to these concertos, I hope you'll enjoy "Corelli and the Elevator."

Happy to announce that, "Pea Soup," my creepy tale of backwoods New England incest, was just selected for publication by Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine and should be in print in February or March.

In the past couple of months I've had several of my essays and short stories published.  Stay tuned for more to come.

My macabre short story, "A Student of History," was recently released in Kwik Krimes, a mystery anthology of stories, all under 1,000 words.  Mine came in at a lean and mean 538!

My first interview as a journalist! With renowned Baroque musician and scholar, Joshua Rifkin.

If you'd like to see where I get inspiration for my murder mysteries, read my new essay "Labor of Love" about relations between musicians and managers in symphony orchestras.My first interview as a journalist! With renowned Baroque musician and scholar, Joshua Rifkin:strong>This just in! "Music To Die For" or How I Made the Descent Into the World of Writing!

I invite you to take a look at an essay I wrote recently on musical intepretation Interpretation: A Case for Broad Perspective,which was published online at ReichelRecommends.com. Three other short works: Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra and Musical DNA, Colin Davis Remembered and Snagged have also been published onlne recently. I hope you will read and enjoy them.

Here's a review of a concert I recently conducted that included the ever-popular Romanian Rhapsody by Enesco, the world premiere of a lovely string piece by Igor Iachimciuc, and the masterpiece, Concerto for Orchestra by Bela Bartok. Symphony Review
Recently,I spoke in depth with Charles Giuliano, and I invite you to read the interview, published online at the Berkshire Fine Arts website. You can also read my thoughts on mystery writing on Barnes & Noble's blog Ransom Notes.

In September, my composition, "Conversations With Essie," for female narrator and chamber ensemble, was performed at the Moab (Utah) Music Festival to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The piece is based upon frontier woman Essie White, who almost single-handedly ran her own cattle ranch and raised three sons in the rugged southern Utah in the 1940s.
The publication of my novels has inspired a response from many literary critics. My most recent book, DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION, with a June 2012 release, has already received three starred reviews. Each of the books in the Daniel Jacobus series has been reviewed by journalists and bloggers around the country. If you are interested in what others have had to say about my work, take a look at the reviews of Death and Transfiguration, Danse Macabre, Devil's Trill and Death and the Maiden from the critics, along with interviews and commentary in the blogs.

In October 2011, DANSE MACABRE, the second novel in the Daniel Jacobus series, was named 2010 Utah Book of the Year in fiction by the Utah Humanities Council. Additionally, it was selected by Library Journal as one of their top five mysteries of 2010.

In 2009 I was honored by Barnes and Noble, who selected Devil's Trill for their Discover Great New Writers fall catalog, in which was written: "Rich in music detail and featuring a fabulously roguish cast, Devil's Trill will delight music lovers and mystery fans alike. Danse Macabre, featuring the same roguish cast, was published in September 2010."

Listen to my interview on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio.

Interviews and Commentary

From Beth Crowley
Review of DANSE MACABRE: Murder by Type
Review of DEVIL'S TRILL: Murder by Type
From Marshal Zeringue
Gerald Elias' Danse Macabre, the movie
The Page 69 Test: Devil's Trill
What is Gerald Elias Reading?
My Book, The Movie: Devil's Trill and Danse Macabre
Writers Read:Gerald Elias
From Robin Agnew
Blog: Hey, There's A Dead Guy in the Living Room
From Mayra Calvani
Interview: Violin and Books and blog
From Rebecca Chastain
Interview: Number One Novels blog
From Ann Drinan
From Dick Adler
Blog: Crime Fiction Reviewer for the Chicago Tribune and Barnes&Noble.com

From Edward Pettit
From Ray Taras - Campaign for the American Reader Blog

The Daniel Jacobus Mystery Series
Death and


Death and Transfiguration - a novel by Gerald Elias

June 2012

"...Deserves a standing ovation."

June 2012

"...Finely tuned, wickedly funny... There’s just one word for this book: bravo!"

May 2012

"...(Jacobus) is unrelentingly and refreshingly acerbic...
Brilliant and captivating on every level"


Death and the Maiden
Danse Macabre
  LJ Best Books 2010: Mystery  
  Library Journal Review Danse Macabre  
  Devil's Trill  
Barnes & Noble Fall 2009
B&N - Discover Great New WritersDevil's Trill