Dr Jenn Kirby

Dr Jenn Kirby is an Irish composer, working with both instrumental and electroacoustic forces. Her work explores elements of theatre, musical humour, open and improv scoring, and the manipulation of the perception of time.

Jenn KirbyJenn's music has been performed in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Poland, Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Jenn academic interests are in the application of music technology to composition and live electronics performance. Jenn teaches modules in Studio Composition, Sound Design, Visual Scripting, Spatial Audio, Dissertation and Major Project.

Jenn holds a BSc in Software Development, an MSc in Music Technology and PhD in Music Composition. Jenn is Programme Director of the BA Music Performance and Production programme and teaches on the BA Music Technology and BA Digital Arts programmes in Swansea College of Art, UWTSD.

See Jenn's website for further information.

Email:  jenn.kirby@uwtsd.ac.uk

Exhibitions

Terre, installation in collaboration with Hiromi Okumura in Washington State University. Aug 2015.Interactive Outdoors, installation with the Dublin Laptop Orchestra at the Irish Museum of Modern Art Summer Rising Festival. Aug 2014.

Performance

 

  • NAWR, Laptop Performance in Noah’s Yard, Swansea 4th Oct 2016.
  • Mean Time, Commissioned work and live performance in Richmond Barracks, Dublin 2nd Oct 2016.
  • NAWR, Laptop Performance in Noah’s Yard, Swansea 29th June 2016.
  • Transition, for viola and electronics, performed by Sebastian Adams, Dublin, 24th June, 22nd June, 10th May 2016.
  • A Place in the Storm, filmed Performance in collaboration with Hiromi Okumura and the Spatial Music Collective. 14th June 2016
  • A Place in the Storm, presented at Cicade Consort Marathon in Alabama. 26th March, 2016.
  • Mumbles, for solo cello, performed by Adrian Mantu in Smock Alley, Dublin. 14th March 2016
  • Signs of the Times, for laptop orchestra, performed by Dublin Laptop Orchestra, Future Composers at the St. Patrick’s Festival, Ireland. 20th March 2016

 

Radio Features:

  • For the Time Being featured on Gwaith Swn’s Sonic Darts, Clear Spot, Resonance FM. 3rd Oct 2016
  • For the Time Being featured on Bernard Clarke’s Nova, Lyric FM. 3rd Oct 2016
  • Now, performed by the Robinson Panoramic Quartet featured on Modern Sounds on Dublin City FM. 16th November 2015

PhD Thesis

PhD in Music Composition from Trinity College Dublin. June 2016

Conferences:

 

  • Pd Conference – Performance.
  • Solo laptop performance and workshop of OctoTether, a performance-based octophonic spatialiser. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Jun 2015.
  • Music Composition Centre at TCD – Agora Series
  • ‘The Laptop as an Instrument’, lecture and performance by the Dublin Laptop Orchestra.
  • Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Mar 2014.
  • Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association
  • Conference: Transmission Drift
  • Performance by the Dublin Laptop Orchestra
  • Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design, Ireland. Aug 2013.
  • Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association
  • Conference: Noise, Bytes, Bits: States of Sound
  • ‘The Audience is the Performer’ Solo Laptop Performance
  • Cork School of Music, Cork, Ireland. Aug 2012
  • Ignite Dublin, Science Gallery Dublin.
  • Economic Fluctuations – a sonification of statistics related to the economic decline in Ireland. Jun 2011.

 

Composition Performances
Energy, for open instrumentation.
* Performed by Central Michigan University New Music Ensemble, Michigan. Dec 2015.
* Premiered by Greg Samek, Banff, Canada. Oct 2013.
Resound, for 4 to 16 performers.
* Performed by Ensemble Progress/ensemble multiphon, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin. Nov 2015.
* Performed by the Music Educators’ Orchestra, National Concert Hall, Dublin. Dec 2013.
* Premiered by Platypus Ensemble, Echoraum, Vienna, Austria. Sept 2013.
Gen-Attic, electroacoustic work.
* Selected for the International Festival of Electroacoustic Music MUSLAB. CUDA, Chihuahua, Mexico. Oct 2015.
Unheard Creatures, electroacoustic work.
* Featured on Rachel Ní Chuinn’s Cluastuicint on Raidió Na Life 106.4FM. May 2015.
Place, for flute and tape.
* Performed by Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer at the Carlsbad Music Festival in Carlsbad, California. Aug 2015.
* Performed by Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer. Oh My God, My Body, My Ears! ‘10-hour marathon of new and daring music.’ The Trunk Space, Phoenix, Arizona. Feb 2014.
* Premiered by William Dowdall for the Irish Composers’ Collective Solo Series. National Concert Hall, Dublin. Apr 2013.
Consuming, electroacoustic work.
* Presented by SOUNDkitchen at HFWAS, Birmingham. Mar 2015.
Moments, for clarinet, trombone, cello and percussion.
* Featured on Bernard Clarke’s Nova on RTÉ Lyric FM 96-99FM. July 2015.
* Performed by Sepia Ensemble for Zooming: Ireland. Poznan, Poland. Feb 2015.
* Commissioned by the Association of Irish Composers’ for Project Evolution. Premiered by Paul Roe, Roddy O’Keefe, Adrian Mantu and Richard O’Donnell. Performed in Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, Jan 2014.
Now, for string quartet.
* Featured on Bernard Clarke’s Nova on RTÉ Lyric FM 96-99FM. Aug 2014.
* Performed by Robinson Panoramic Quartet. Presented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland. Mar 2014.
Tripping, for solo alto sax.
* Premiered by Carolyn Goodwin for the Irish Composers’ Collective Solo Series in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland. Dec 2013.
Dopamine, for three guitars, violin and accordion.
* Commissioned by soundSCAPE Festival. Performed at the Auditorium Citta di Maccagno, Italy. Jul 2013.
Friction, for solo cello.
* Premiered by Kate Ellis for the Irish Composers’ Collective Solo Series in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland. Feb 2013.
Transfer, for dizi, setar, ud, santur and cello.
* Commissioned by Atlas Ensemble and performed at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Aug 2012.
Forget and Remember, for string quartet.
* Commissioned by soundSCAPE Festival. Performed at the Auditorium Citta di Maccagno, Italy. Jun 2012.
Music as Sound, Sound as Music, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and tape.
* Commissioned by the Association of Irish Composers’ for Open Music Project. Recorded at the National Concert Hall of Ireland. May 2012.
* Featured on Rachel Ní Chuinn’s Cluastuicint on Raidió Na Life 106.4FM. July 2013.
Publications (published or pending); such as monographs; edited collections; chapters; journal articles online journal articles, reviews.
Kirby, J. Composing Perceivable Time. Leonardo Vol. 48 No. 1. Published by MIT Press. Feb 2015
Kirby, J. Review of Mary Ellen Childs' Wreck. IAWM Vol. 20 No. 2. Nov 2014.

 

Memberships:

Represented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland Founding member and Co-Director of the Dublin Laptop Orchestra Committee member of the Association of Irish Composers Board member of the International Alliance for Women in Music Member of the Irish Composers’ Collective Member of the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association Member of the Society for Musicology in Ireland Member of the Spatial Music Collective

  • Travel & Training Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. 2012.
  • Visual & Performing Arts Fund from Trinity College Dublin. 2011.
  • Academic Excellence Award from Limerick Institute of Technology. 2009.