'The sounds I am interested in include those that we hear all the time but are normally considered flawed or redundant: twigs snapping in a burning fire, paper tearing, breathing, instrumental sounds that aren’t considered ‘beautiful’ in standard terms. I think these sounds have their own beauty in the way that pebbles on a beach or graffiti can have.'Jennifer Walshe was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1974. She studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Kevin Volans in Dublin and graduated from Northwestern University, Chicago, with a doctoral degree in composition in June 2002. Her chief teachers at Northwestern were Amnon Wolman and Michael Pisaro. In 2003 Jennifer is a fellow of Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart and in 2004 she took up residence in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD artist-in-residence programme. Jennifer’s work has been performed throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada by ensembles such as ensemble récherche, Ensemble Resonanz, Apartment House, ensemble Integrales, CrashEnsemble, Champ d’Action, Vamos ! and Q-02 among others. In addition to her activities as a composer, Jennifer frequently performs as a vocalist, specialising in extended techniques. Many of her recent compositions were commissioned for her voice in conjunction with other instruments (XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!!, here we are now, ná déan NÍL CEAD, NOW WASH YOUR HANDS and dirty white fields, for example).Jennifer is also active as an improviser, performing regularly with musicians in Chicago and Europe.