Students Who Do Cool Things: Cody Fitzgerald ’15 and Stolen Jars

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Cody Fitzgerald ’15, a music and computer science double concentrator and the creative force behind the musical project Stolen Jars, has spent years mastering the art of turning musical complexity into simplicity: “I’m really interested in rhythms of parts becoming one part together, and things becoming indistinguishable from each other even though they’re played by different instruments or done by different things and just becoming one melody.”

Fitzgerald, who grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, describes Stolen Jars as a “kind of loop-based music—it mixes between, like, Dan Deacon and Dirty Projectors.” He also cites the ska punk band Bomb! the Music Industry as an influence, having first played in bands of that genre before launching his own projects. “I played in some pretty terrible bands [in middle school]”, Fitzgerald says. In high school, he became more serious about music, forming three different bands that would each record an album.  “After that, I realized I really wanted to do something that was more my own music,” he recalls. “Those other bands were more collaborative, and I started Stolen Jars as a way to make something that was really just me.”

The unorthodox name was a product of Fitzgerald’s perception of his music: “When I was writing [the first album], it always felt to me like I was taking these little tiny pieces of things and putting them together in very weird ways, and that’s kind of what the music sounded like to me: somebody having these little jars of sound and just opening them up at really random times.”

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