UWTSD’s Dr Jenn Kirby selected as Artist-in-Residence at contemporary music festival


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is pleased to offer congratulations to Dr. Jenn Kirby who has been selected as Artist-in-Residence at this year’s soundSCAPE festival. The residency will give Dr. Kirby, who is a lecturer in Music at the university’s School of Film and Digital Media and programme director of the school’s BA Music (Production and Performance), the opportunity to present compositions from contemporary composers of electronic music as well as delivering a series of lectures on the performance of electronic music. The festival begins on 25th June in Maccagno, Italy and is regarded as a cultural highpoint for emerging musicians and composers.

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Dr. Kirby said: “I am thrilled to be selected as this year’s Artist-in-Residence. Live electronics is a growing field in contemporary music. It is no longer uncommon to see laptops amongst orchestral instruments on stage. The performance of live electronics is still in its infancy and is a huge interest of mine. I am really looking forward to working with soundsSCAPE participants to explore means of performing with live electronics in musically-meaning ways.”

The residency comes at the end of a busy year for the department, which saw them open the doors of the historic BBC Hall on Alexandra Road in Swansea to become a concert venue. Dr. Kirby, along with her colleagues Simon Kilshaw and Dr. Paul Hazel, has already hosted two concerts in the venue, which was famously used by Dylan Thomas to broadcast his poetry on BBC radio and was hosted Richard Burton in the all-star recording of Under Milk Wood. Dr. Hazel is Head of School of Digital Film and Media. He said: “The School of Film and Digital Media are delighted that Dr. Jenn Kirby has been offered this prestigious position. The appointment reflects the very high standard of creativity and technical skill Jenn works at and publicly acknowledges her commitment to sharing both her expertise and enthusiasm with students.”

As well as a composer and lecturer with the University, Dr. Kirby is also a researcher whose interests are largely focused on the performance of electronic music. The output from which includes the foundation of the Swansea Laptop Orchestra. Another aspect of her research output is the creation of software for new music performance and the re-purposing of controllers and interfaces as musical performance instruments.  

soundSCAPE is a contemporary music festival and summer school which takes place over two weeks each year in the beautiful town of Maccagno in the Italian Alps. The festival features daily concerts and seminars from faculty, students, and guest artists. Students of the summer school receive regular one-to-one tuition in contemporary music performance and composition. Most importantly, artists from all over the world meet to exchange ideas and become part of a growing international network of composers and performers.

Photo Credit: Daryl Feehely  

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