28 May 2010


Jennifer Walshe

Jennifer Walshe (voice)

"The sounds I am interested in include those that we hear all the time but are normally considered flawed or redundant: twigs snapping in a burning fire, paper tearing, breathing, instrumental sounds that aren’t considered beautiful in standard terms. I think these sounds have their own beauty in the way that pebbles on a beach or graffiti can have."


Irish composer and performer Jennifer Walshe is well-known for her mastery of extreme extended techniques for voice. At Villa Romana Walshe will perform a concert of works for solo voice. The concert will include Dadaist sound poetry, scores based on constellations of stars over the sky in Dublin, supremely dark and austere meditations on cowboy life, and a tour de force race through hundreds of pop songs.


Kurt Schwitters
Ursonate (excerpt)

Detleva Verens

Jennifer Walshe
i: same person/ii: not the same person

Jennifer Walshe

Jennifer Walshe was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1974. She studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Kevin Volans in Dublin and graduated from Northwestern University, Chicago, with a doctoral degree in composition in June 2002. Her work has been performed throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada by ensembles such as Alter Ego, ensemble récherche, Ensemble Resonanz, Apartment House, ensemble Intégrales, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Schlagquartett Köln, Crash Ensemble, Con Tempo Quartet, ensemble ascolta, Champ d’Action, ensemble laboratorium, ensemble surplus, the Rilke Ensemble, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, Bozzini Quartet, Callino Quartet, Ensemble 2000, Concorde, Kaleidoscop, Black Hair, Continuum, Ensemble Musica Nova, ensemble chronophonie, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Quintet, the Hebrides Ensemble, Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro La Fenice, Psappha, and Q-02 among others. She has received commissions from organizations and festivals including the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, März Musik Berlin, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Dresdner Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik, Wien Modern, Semper Oper Dresden, ZKM (Karslruhe) etc. Also in Italy Walshe is well known: in 2008, she participated at the Festival Contemporanea in the Roman Auditorium Parco della Musica with XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!!, a chamber piece for Barbie-dolls.

With the kind support of