Jobina Tinnemans has been chosen to work as a Resident Composer with The South Iceland Chamber Choir. Tinnemans contemporary classical works are unusual and exciting. They are usually site-specific, outside of concert halls, and are inspired by natural textures. Poetically, the sea is the rich source of many folk tales which echo through all times. The collaboration will produce the first work within a larger series of compositions situated on breakwaters around the globe, where the choir will perform by breakwater in Iceland.
The composition will be premiered at Cycle Music and Art Festival, a festival of new and progressive music highlighting young composers and which we see as an opportunity to attract and engage with a curious new audience who have not necessarily been in touch with new music before. It is such an honour to be selected for the Moving Classics commission.
“I am delighted to be working with Kammerkor Sudurlands and Curated Place to realise such an exciting new choral work. Placing a choir on a breakwater hearing their voices being carried over the ocean surface will be a fantastic spectacle. An engaging opportunity for new audiences to discover contemporary music in the harbour that becomes an amphitheatre for this concert.” – Jobina Tinnemans
Jobina Tinnemans is a contemporary composer of Dutch origin now residing in the UK, working in crossover disciplines of electronics, classical music and contemporary art. Incorporating analogue and digital, lo-fi and high-end techniques as well as non-musicians and ancient crafts. All to express the sounds she hears in the vast landscape around her, from the smallest micro-texture of rustling gorse to the dramatic sounds of the weather.
Page turning, knitters, hedge trimmers, kung fu and Shakespeare have all featured in her compositions. She was selected out of more than 600 submissions to compose contemporary classical composition with electronics for the 2013 edition of the MATA festival in New York, founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky and Lisa Bielawa. Her highly acclaimed piece ‘Shakespeare and Hedgeshear’, involving two table tennis teams and hedge trimmers, was selected to represent the British section of the ISCM World Music Days 2014 in Poland. Her most recent work has been a trio of pieces written for strings, electronics, soprano and paper page turning, commissioned through the Sound and Music Embedded program.
Living on a cliff top, Tinnemans hears the ferry hoot daily being carried over the ocean surface and reflecting from the cliffs on the far side of the harbour. Natural sonic textures such as these are a recurring theme in Tinnemans’ work.