Sofia Jernberg

Sofia Jernberg is a Swedish experimental singer, composer, improviser and performer. She was born in Ethiopia in 1983 and grew up there, in Vietnam and Sweden. Since 2011 she has lived in Oslo, Norway. One of her central pursuits as a singer is to explore and sound out the »instrumental« possibilities of the voice. Her vocabulary as a vocalist also includes such sounds and techniques that run counter to the conventional way of singing, such as the techniques of non-verbal vocalising, singing split tones, soundless singing and distortion. Music theatre and contemporary opera play an important role in her artistic work. Among other works, she has performed Arnold Schoenberg's ›Pierrot Lunaire‹ and Salvatore Sciarrino's ›Lohengrin‹. Various composers have written roles explicitly for Jernberg, including Emily Hall in ›Folie à Deux‹ and Anna Thorvaldsdottir in ›UR_‹. In the 2021/2022 season, she will premiere Chaya Czernowin's new composition ›ATARA‹ together with baritone Holger Falk and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. She will also work on a new production of ›Orpheus & Eurydice‹ together with choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir (›Chernobyl‹, ›Joker‹) and bassist Skúli Sverrisson. Sofia Jernberg has received commissions from the Barents Composer Orchestra, Swedish Radio P2, the Stockholm Jazz Festival, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Oslo 14 Vocal Ensemble, Klang - Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival, BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity, The Gothenburg Combo, Opera Nord and various chamber music ensembles. Following a commission from the Ultima Contemporary Music Festival, she is working on a composition for children's choir, soprano, voice and chamber ensemble to be premiered in 2022. Besides her solo performances, Sofia Jernberg regularly collaborates with the Fire! Orchestra, with The End, as a duo with Mette Rasmussen and in another duo with Alexander Hawkins.