The AIC is delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer Walshe as this year's Irish Artist-in-Residence at the soundSCAPE festival in Maccagno, Italy. The residency is in association with The Contemporary Music Centre, and supported by Culture Ireland.
From Nathanael May, festival director:
"Now in it's eleventh season, soundSCAPE is pleased to welcome composer and soprano Jennifer Walshe to our 2015 festival in Italy this July. We have enjoyed a long and fruitful collaboration with young composers from Ireland who have attended soundSCAPE, and we're thrilled to host this annual residency, now in its third year. Jennifer wields a unique combination as composer and vocalist-performer, which will offer our participants the chance to hone their improvisatory and performance-art skills. We feature a daily improvisation workshop, and our faculty percussionist Aiyun Huang is well known for her forays into theatrical performances of percussion music. This may also be the first reunion between Walshe and faculty soprano Tony Arnold, who both attended Northwestern University in their student days, so Jennifer will be a lovely fit at the festival. Our participant composers and performers attend from around the world, representing six continents. This residency brings a fresh perspective of a variety of musical voices active in Ireland, and has resulted in many collaborative opportunities, in the way of performances and commissions for our participants. We're very thankful to the AIC for their support, and also to CMC and Culture Ireland for making this residency possible!"
Kate Ellis, last year's Artist-in-Residence, performs Barry Guy's Redshift with soundSCAPE faculty member Felix Fan:
The soundSCAPE festival happens annually in Maccagno (3–16 July 2015). The festival facilitates the exchange of new music, ideas, and culture between musicians of tomorrow’s generation, providing an international platform for performances of new music. Now in its eleventh season, the festival attracts composers and performers from around the world for two weeks of inspiring concerts, lectures, master classes, and workshops. This will be the third year there will be an Irish resident artist at the festival.
For more information on the soundSCAPE festival, see www.soundscapefestival.org
About Jennifer Walshe
Jennifer Walshe is a composer and vocalist. She was born in Dublin, and studied composition in Ireland (with Kevin Volans) as well as in Glasgow and Chicago. Jennifier received her doctorate from Northwestern University in 2002; from 2003 to 2006 she lived in Germany courtesy of a residency from Akademie Schloss Solitude and then in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD Künstlerprogramm. She works within a wide variety of musical genres – concert music, music theatre, opera, improvisation and sound installation. Her work has been performed throughout Europe and the U.S. by ensembles including Alter Ego, ensemble récherche, Ensemble Resonanz, Apartment House, ensemble Intégrales, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, CrashEnsemble, Champ d’Action, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Bozzini Quartet, Concorde, the Hebri des Ensemble, Psappha, and Q-02.
For more information of Jennifer Walshe's work, see www.milker.org