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Jessika Kenney


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Jessika Kenney is a Northwest based vocalist and composer/improviser who practices the traditional vocal arts of Classical Persian Avaz and Central Javanese Sindhenan.

Her on-going collaboration with violist/composer/improviser Eyvind Kang has been described in the New York Times as “work of delicate beauty” and “serious, refined music”, and includes 2011 and 2012 releases on Ideologic Organ curated by Stephen O’Malley.

Jessika has performed the vocal works of John Cage, Lou Harrison, Jarrad Powell, Morton Feldman, and Tadao Sawai, and collaborated with many others from varied contexts for live performance and recording.

Kenney’s compositions focus on the translation of melodic nuance and revelatory atmospheres found in classical poetry, including a new work for gamelan and Persian instruments based on the life and ideas of Jelaluddin Rumi’s teacher, Shams of Tabriz, performed in 2013 by Gamelan Pacifica, as well as “Concealed Unity” for choir and orchestra, co-composed with Eyvind Kang and performed in April 2013 at Reykjavik’s Tectonics festival. Kenney has studied and performed Classical Persian music and poetry with Ostad Hossein Omoumi since 2004, sings as part of many gamelan ensembles, and is an adjunct faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts.

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