Jennifer Wright is a pianist, teacher, composer, artist of various stripes and passionate aficionada of the creative life. She holds two degrees in classical piano performance (B.M., Hartt School of Music, Connecticut; M.M., Trinity College of Music, London, England) and studied for two years at the Stuttgart Music Conservatory in Germany. She has studied composition privately with sound designer Susan Alexjander.
Her compositions play with a mixture of the experimental, the visceral and the utterly listenable in a unique and ever-evolving combination of her various obsessions (destroying and repurposing pianos, performing in period costume, toy pianos, non-traditional instruments and techniques, general over-the-topness, you name it).
Jennifer has served on the Board of Directors of Cascadia Composers (chapter of the National Association of Composers, USA) and as the Portland District and State Chair of the Oregon Music Teachers Association â€œComposition Celebrationâ€ Festival. She is a proud member of the â€œCrazy Jane Composers,â€ a group of Pacific Northwest women composers. She has premiered her own works in multiple recitals in the U.S., United Kingdom and Finland, and her works have been performed at the Portland International Piano Festival, March Music Moderne, Crazy Jane concerts, and Cascadia Composers concerts.
Three Representative Works:
"Women's Work" for two toy pianos, typewriter and dance
"Looper" for One Piano Eight Hands
"Obscure Terrain" for Prepared Skeleton Piano and electronic effects link coming soon!
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Oregon Connection: Back in 2000, I drove through Oregon in a beat-up old van plastered with "Ralph Nader for President" signs. I spent 4 glorious days in Portland, enjoying the August sunshine, the beer festival on the waterfront, and visiting the coin-operated Church of Elvis. I thought, someday I will move here: there is something very right going on here. Portland has changed a lot since I officially relocated here in 2003, but one thing has not: my conviction that these are my people and this is where I shall stay. There is a particularly inclusive, vibrant, supportive and experimental artistic climate here that I have found nowhere else and I can't conceive of a better place to create my art.