Sofia Jernberg is a Swedish experimental singer, composer, improviser and performer, born in Ethiopia 1983. She grew up in Ethiopia, Vietnam and Sweden. Since 2011 she lives in Oslo, Norway.
One of her deepest interests as a singer is to explore the “instrumental” possibilities of the voice. Her singing vocabulary includes sounds and techniques that often contradict a conventional singing style. She has dug deep into non-verbal vocalizing, split tone singing, pitchless singing and distorted singing.
She is also particulary involved in music theatre / contemporary opera. There she has performed several staged music theatre pieces like Arnold Schönberg’s ”Pierrot Lunaire”, Salvatore Sciarrinos “Lohengrin”. Composers have written roles especially with her in mind like in Emily Hall’s “Folie à Deux” and Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s “UR_”. Currently she is working with a new contemporary chamber opera work, premiering in 2019, together with Cia Rinne, Juliana Hodkinsson and Louise Beck. Sofia will both compose and perform in this opera.
The collaboration with visual artists is another focus of her artistic practice. She has performed together with visual artist Camille Norment and was part of her piece “Rapture” (Venice Biennale 2015) and “Lull” (Bergen International Festival 2016). She is featured as a singer in an 80 minute cinematic work, “Union of the North”, by Matthew Barney, Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson. And she is central, as the only singer/performer/human on screen, in a 20 minutes audio-visual work by visual artist Kristina Norman and composer Märt-Matis Lill that will be exhibited in Tallin art museum in February 2018.
As a composer she has been commissioned by Barents Composer Orchestra, Swedish Radio P2, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Oslo 14 Vocal Ensemble, Klang – Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival, BANFF – Centre for arts and creativity, The Gothenburg Combo and various chamber ensembles. As a teacher in singing and composition she has been part of faculty at BANFF Centre for arts and creativity contemporary music summer curse 2017 and will continue in 2018. She has given lectures and workshops at several Universities around Europe.
Selection of active bands she is involved with: Electric Daisy (Kim Myhr, David Stackenäs, Christian Wallumrød, Jernberg), Solo (voice solo, Jernberg), Fire! Orchestra , The End (Kjetil Møster, Mats Gustafsson, Anders Hana, Greg Saunier, Jernberg), Trondheim Jazz Orchester Sofia Jernberg and Olav Mjelva, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra Espen Reinertsen, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra Ole Morten Vågan, Mette Rasmussen / Sofia Jernberg duo, Lene Grenager / Sofia Jernberg duo, Alexander Hawkins / Sofia Jernberg duo, Peter Evans / Sofia Jernberg duo, PAAVO, The New Songs.
As of January 2018