Resonant Bodies Podcast

In anticipation of the coming festival, Resonant Bodies Podcast spotlights each performer and delves into the forces that have created each artist and inspired their choices. Our podcast is a year-round dialogue about vocalists and vocal music: what it means to be a solo vocal performer working in the medium of contemporary classical and avant-garde music. You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play!

Sofia Jernberg Show Notes

Sofia Jernberg

Sofia Jernberg is a Swedish experimental singer, composer and performer, born in Ethiopia in 1983. She grew up in Sweden, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Since 2011 she is based in Oslo, Norway.

SINGER

One of her deepest interests as a singer is to explore the “instrumental” possibilities of the voice. Her singing vocabulary include sounds and techniques that often contradict a conventional singing style. She has dug deep into split tone singing, pitchless singing and distorted singing.

BAND LEADER 

In contemporary jazz octet Paavo and new music quartet The New Songs. 

MUSIC THEATER

She has performed several staged music theater pieces like Arnold Schönberg’s ”Pierrot Lunaire”, Salvatore Sciarrinos "Lohengrin”. Composers have written roles especially with her in mind like in Emily Hall’s ”Folie à Deux and Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s ”UR:”.

VISUAL ART

She has performed together with visual artist Camille Norment and was a part of her piece ”Rapture” (Venice Biennale 2015) and ”Lull” (Festspillene i Bergen 2016).

IMPROVISER

As an improviser, Sofia appears in many different constellations, but regularly in duo with cellist Lene Grenager. 

COMPOSER

As a composer, her main focus lies in blending improvisation and composition. Besides composing for her own ensembles, she regularly gets commissions from others. Previous commissions: Barents composer orchestra, Swedish Radio, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Trondheim jazz orchestra, vocal ensemble Oslo 14 and various chamber ensembles. 

SIDE MAN

Fire! Orchestra, M&M&M and the Instant Gratification, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra