Jennifer Walshe
Somerset House Studios resident

Jennifer Walshe

Associate artist

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Composer, performer and vocalist, Jennifer Walshe’s body of work is vast and impressive; a large number of operas and theatrical works include XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!!, an opera for Barbie dolls, and Die Taktik, a commission for the Junge Oper Stuttgart. In 2015, she launched a project crowd sourcing internet based sound with the musician Holly Herndon, and her visual work has been exhibited in the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, Project Arts Centre, Dublin and the ICA. Her most recent project, the ongoing Historical Documents of the Irish Avant-Garde, has seen the creation of a fictional history of the musical avant-garde in Ireland, receiving tremendous coverage in press and social media including features on Arena/ RTE1, The Wire Magazine and The Quietus.

Blackie Bouffant. Bluebell Woods, Knockvicar, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
Blackie Bouffant. Bluebell Woods, Knockvicar, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

“The most original compositional voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years”

The Irish Times

Jennifer's music has been commissioned, broadcast and performed all over the world. She's been the recipient of fellowships and prizes from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York; the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, the Internationales Musikinstitut, Darmstadt and Akademie Schloss Solitude, among others. Jennifer has a doctoral degree in composition graduated from Northwestern University, Chicago, and she is currently Reader in Music at Brunel University, London.

As an Associate, Jennifer is developing a monthly salon for the Somerset House Studios live programme exploring post digital music/sound art.