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.


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.


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


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:”.


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).


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


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. 


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