Jenna
Harris

Primary Department
School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
Role
Tutor, Centre for Jazz Performance
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Centre for Jazz Perfomance
Jenna Harris
Phone number:
01 700
2275
Campus
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
B141

Academic biography

Jenna Harris is a vocalist, composer and lecturer from Dublin who specializes in jazz and improvised music. Jenna graduated from Newpark's B.A. in Jazz Performance in 2006 and since then has been a member of the faculty which has since moved to DCU. Jenna furthered her studies by attending Music and Media Technologies in Trinity College Dublin. As part of her research there, she built a computer application designed to counteract vocal tension caused by performance anxiety in improvising vocalists.

Jenna performs solo or with her band Berri, a three piece with leading creative musicians Matthew Jacobson and Derek Whyte where Jenna frequently loops and processes her voice, “a group that makes clear the difference between a jazz singer and a singer of jazz songs (The Irish Times).

In performance Jenna improvises using both her natural voice and live processing of her voice, this has developed a style of improvisation that intrinsically links the two, both feeding back and forth from each other. Her performances often incorporate reactive visuals that she builds as a platform to exhibit the voice as the instrument it is.

Jenna is a member of guitarist Tommy Halferty's quartet Voices.and regularly lends her voice to the music of guitarist and electronic musician Daniel Jacobson (Zoid).  She is the founding member of vocal ensemble Claritas.