Jenny Jackson

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Vent: a blast of rapid response writing…

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How about that, then!?: after spending almost a couple of years writing ‘Moot’, I have just completed, scored and recorded ‘Vent’ for strings & piano in a matter of days, ready for broadcast on Resonance 104.4fm tomorrow (Wednesday 6th August)! This is the result of a collaboration between Platform 4 and artist Lisa O’Brien. For more info follow this link: http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/projects/remote-performances-online/

‘Vent’ is my interpretation of Lisa’s painting called ‘Windstorm Geno’, which she produced some years after experiencing the extreme weather conditions in Scotland, where she currently lives. I often work from my own visual sketches during the writing process and I was excited to see how it felt working from someone else’s artwork. Of the four paintings she provided the four members of Platform 4, ‘Windstorm Geno’ was the most expressive, and the least like a score. I maintained the overall structure, reading from left to right, but interpreted the drama of the gestural mark-making rather than specifically attempting to relate an instrument to a particular line or colour.

You can hear ‘Vent’ here: Vent – audio recording It has been a really interesting project and the results/ approaches are – not surprisingly – very individual!

You can also see my score here: Vent – performance score

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Author: jennyjacksoncomposer

Jenny Jackson is a composer of acoustic instrumental and vocal work. She is strongly influenced by a long-term interest in the visual and dramatic arts and often chooses to exploit the visual aspect of musical performance in her concert pieces. She has developed this to create two fully staged pieces of music theatre and has collaborated to produce multidisciplinary projects with visual artists, sculptors, writers and choreographers. She is a member of Platform 4 composers - a composer collective based in Sheffield.

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