Jennifer Walshe has been called the most original voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years. Moving between performance and sound art, often with a touch of humor, Walshe is something out of the ordinary.
Jennifer Walshe is a composer and performer from Ireland, whose work has been performed and broadcast all over the world by ensembles such as Alter Ego, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Apartment House and the Rilke Ensemble among others.
In addition to her activities as a composer, Jennifer frequently performs as a vocalist, specialising in extended techniques. Many of her compositions are commissioned for her voice either as a soloist or in conjunction with other instruments. Jennifer is also active as an improviser, performing regularly with musicians in Europe and the U.S.
Since 2007 she has developed Grúpat, a project in which she has assumed twelve different alter egos – all members of art collective Grúpat – and created compositions, installations, graphic scores, films, photography, sculptures and fashion. Pieces by Grúpat members have been performed and exhibited all over the world.
Her most recent project, Historical Documents of the Irish Avant-Garde, involved the creation of a fictional history of the musical avant-garde in Ireland. This history spans 187 years, and is housed at aisteach.org, the website of the Aisteach Foundation, a fictional organisation which purports to be ”The Avant-Garde Archive of Ireland”.