“Having had the honor of Buffi playing on 3 of my records, and touring with her a handful of times, it would be the easiest understatement to say she is good at what she does.  She is a brilliant musician with a heightened and accommodating sensitivity to whomever she is playing with.“     -Sarah Jaffe, Kirtland Records Recording Artist
“I have worked with Buffi on several studio albums for high profile international artists including John Grant, Anna Calvi, Midlake and Sarah Jaffe.  She is my go-to contractor for my orchestral arrangements in the USA because she is very efficient and clear with budget options and she intuitively selects players with the right skills and attitude for the gig.  As a classically trained cellist, Buffi is a technically accomplished and sensitive musician who loves her instrument, loves recording and performing,  and can maintain a good sense of humour and total professionalism even when up against the clock.  We have a lot of fun working together.”  -Fiona Brice
“Buffi is a consummate professional! Her playing is always musical, creative and masterfully executed.  The fact that she is such a great person to be around is a major bonus as well.”     -McKenzie Smith – Midlake, BNQT and Redwood Studios
“I’ve played with several amazing cellists but never has anyone been able to execute the parts so well live the way Buffi can.  Her pitch is exceptional which is quite a feat when you consider the cello playing with a live band in a rock club as opposed to the controlled setting of a studio or a more orchestral environment.  I took Buffi on tour throughout Europe and the US and her meticulous, perfectly pitched and very soulful playing quickly became the glue that held us all together.  She is gifted and a total delight to have around.  Needless to say, we became great friends and I feel so lucky that she became part of my music and life.”     -Sara Lov
“Buffi is my absolute first go to when I’m in need of a string section, not only is she a great player but she’s a true professional.  She makes the organizational side of things easy and seamless and has great suggestions on how to accomplish those “how do I best pull this off?” projects.  I’ve always been thrilled with the outcome of the sessions she’s put together for me.”     -Tami Thomsen – Kirtland Records


Buffi Jacobs is a professional cellist, arranger, composer, and music contractor based in New York City. Currently, she serves as the cellist on the Hamilton National Tour…

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Buffi has also been a long-standing performing, touring, and recording member of The Polyphonic Spree. Since 2002, she has recorded with indie rock notables such as Elle King, Daniel Hart, Dark Rooms, Nicole Atkins, Sarah Jaffe, Bill Callahan, John Grant, Maggie Koerner, The Baptist Generals, Anna Calvi, The Swans, and Explosions in the Sky to name a few. Jacobs has also contributed cello tracks to recent film and televisions scores “The Old Man and The Gun,” “Ghost Story,” “The Exorcist” (2016), and “Visioneers.” Most recently, her string arrangements, cello performance, and contracting skills were featured on Elle King’s album “Shake The Spirit” and The Night Owls’s “We are the Night Owls.”

Jacobs began the cello at the age of 11 in Columbia, South Carolina, and she’s had the privilege of studying with notable professors Dr. Robert Jesselson, Martha Gerschefski, Walter Gray, Tony Cooke, Roger Lebow, Debbie Brooks, and Eugene Osadchy. She earned her BM in Cello Performance from The University of South Carolina and her MM in Cello Performance from The University of North Texas. During her undergraduate study, she began jazz and improvisation work with Bert Ligon, which led to her interest in studying and performing in all styles of music. Since then, Jacobs has become a genre-defying artist aptly equipped to achieve the ever changing expectations and demands of a string musician.

Her journey to arranging and composing came later after years of requests to compose string arrangements for recording sessions and performances. Arranging turned to composition when Jacobs was asked to compose for a few short films, one full length feature, and several commercials. She fell in love with composition and began a contemporary rock orchestra “Anaphase” that would perform works of local composers along with visual accompaniment from dancers, projection mapping, and film. Buffi started studying composition with Rob Frank of Southern Methodist University and recently has been pursuing a film scoring certificate at Berklee College of Music, which is scheduled to be completed in June of 2020. Most Recently, she was accepted into the 2020 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop at Columbia University where she will continue her studies in composition, orchestration, and film scoring. 


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