Sofia Jernberg

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Biography

Sofia Jernberg, born in Ethiopia and grown up in Vietnam and Sweden, is a singer and composer. She studied jazz and composition in Sweden and lives and works in Norway. Central to her work are unconventional techniques and sounds such as non-verbal vocalisation, split tone singing, pitchless singing and distortion. Music theatre and contemporary opera play a significant part in her artistic oeuvre. She has appeared in productions of Arnold Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire in 2010 and Salvatore Sciarrino’s Lohengrin in 2014 by the Swedish ensemble Norrbotten NEO, as well as in new works like Emily Hall’s Folie à Deux and Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s UR_, singing roles specifically composed for her. Another important part of her work are collaborations with visual artists like e.g. Camille Norment, in whose pieces Rapture and Lull Jernberg participated. In the film Union of the North by Matthew Barney, Erna Ómarsdóttir and Vladimar Jóhannsson she appeared as a singer.
Sofia Jernberg received several commissions as a composer and is currently working on a piece for children’s choir, soprano, voice and chamber ensemble for the Ultima Contemporary Music Festival that will have its world premiere in 2022.

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