jenny olivia johnson

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ABOUT JENNY

short bio //

Jenny Olivia Johnson (she/hers, b. 1978 in Santa Monica, CA) is a composer, sound artist, musicologist, and associate professor of music at Wellesley College.  Her music has been described as “gorgeous, ominous, and hypnotic” by the Boston Globe, “stunning in its simplicity and power” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, “bold” by the Los Angeles Times, and “iridescent, shimmering, and evocative” by Time Out New York. Her two solo albums, DONT LOOK BACK (2015) and SYLVIA SONGS (2018) are available on Innova Recordings, and her interactive sound art has been displayed at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Davis Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  Her writings on music, memory, trauma, and synaesthesia have been published in the Oxford Handbook of Music & Queerness, Women & Music:  A Journal of Gender and Culture, and the Transcultural Music Review.  

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DISCOGRAPHY

solo albums & collaborations //

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SOUND ART

interactive multi-media experiences //

DIVE

(LUCY'S LAST DANCE)

exhibited at the davis museum at wellesley college (2020) //

GLASS HEART

(BELLS FOR SYLVIA PLATH)

exhibited at the national portrait gallery, smithsonian institution (2017-18)

& at the davis museum at wellesley college (2013-14) //

TENEBRAE

(BURNT OFFERINGS)

exhibited at the galleria machina, pontificia universidad catolica, santiago, chile (2014) //

PUBLICATIONS

writings on sound, music, memory, trauma, and synaesthesia //

 
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