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  • Jennifer Walshe

    Jennifer Walshe

    Composer Biography

    The most original compositional voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years” (The Irish Times) and “Wild girl of Darmstadt” (Frankfurter Rundschau), composer and performer Jennifer Walshe was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her music has been commissioned, broadcast and performed all over the world. She has been the recipient of fellowships and prizes from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York; the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, the Internationales Musikinstitut, Darmstadt and Akademie Schloss Solitude among others. Walshe has written a large number of operas and theatrical works, including XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!! an opera for Barbie dolls, available on DVD from Mere Records, and Die Taktik, for the Junge Oper Stuttgart.


  • Shortlisted 2016
    Category Chamber ensemble
    Work 13 Vices

    About this work

    This unique work is the result of a collaboration between two of the UK and Ireland’s most dynamic compositional voices.

    Written for ensemble, improvisers, conductor and voice it explores the weird, humorous, dark and exotic world of contemporary vices - the bad habits, the guilty pleasures, beloved deadly sins, the inane and profound proclivities we all share.

    Melting the boundaries between disciplines it dominates the space that lies somewhere between Jazz, contemporary classical, theatre, free improvisation, opera, conduction, poetry, thrash and trash!

    Commissioned by Moving on Music funded by PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders and the Irish Arts Councils N-S touring fund, 13 Vices is for string trio, free improvising jazz trio (double bass, percussion, tenor db. soprano saxophone) vocalist and conductor. It received its UK premiere at The MAC, St Anne’s Square, Belfast on 7 April 2015.

    To watch a trailer of the performance CLICK HERE



SHORTLISTED WORK

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 13 Vices