Jennifer Walshe

Photo © Aleks Kolkowski

Recorded in Uxbridge, Middlesex on 16th December 2010.

Solo Voices

Jennifer Walshe is a composer, performer and visual artist. She studied composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and at Northwestern University, Chicago, graduating with a doctoral degree in composition in 2002. A winner of the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany in 2000, she was a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart between 2003 and 2004, and from 2004-05 she lived in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm. In 2007 she was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York and in 2008 received the Praetorius Music Prize for Composition by the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur.

Jennifer also frequently performs as a vocalist, specialising in extended techniques, and many of her recent compositions use her voice in conjunction with other instruments. She is also active as an improviser, performing regularly with musicians in Europe and the USA. Her music has been performed and broadcast worldwide and she has received commissions from most of the major European new music festivals.

Recording Notes

The second of two two-minute wax cylinder recordings made in Jennifer’s office at Brunel University where she currently holds a Research Chair. There are two voices overlaid on a single cylinder, the first voice recording being ‘overwritten’ by a second groove, and the improvised song is a parody of an Irish “’hye-diddley-eye” style of singing, nevertheless sounding like an authentic folk song sung circa 1900.