Jenni Roditi MMus Dist. trained at the Guildhall in the 1980's. She is a composer, vocal improviser, workshop leader and award-winning director of two improvisation choirs.
She founded Vocal Tai Chi in 2012, a transformative workshop for voice, body and soul, now in its eighth year.
In 2015 she founded The Improvisers' Choir, an ensemble of professional vocal improvisers. 'TIC' won Nonclassical Battle of the Bands in 2018. The choir have performed at the South Bank Centre in Chorus Festival and Winter Time Choirs Festival, Vortex Jazz Club, Club Inégales and in Istanbul as well as in underground music venues around London. In 2018 TIC recorded their double EP - Landmass Volume 1 and 2. The choir have received funding from Arts Council England, Performing Rights Society Foundation and generous donations.
In 2016 Roditi expanded the project with choir number two: TOIC, The Open Improvisers' Choir, for community singers with weekly rehearsals and regular gigs locally in North London.
Jenni is on the Classical Committee at the Ivors Academy for Music Creators and has been a judge for the Ivors Composer Awards on multiple occasions. She is is an Associate of the Institute of Composing.
She has written extensively for the voice, notably two full-length chamber operas; The Descent of Inanna and Siddhartha-Spirit Child, both commissioned and premiered in London by Lontano. The operas are noted for their use of a mix of classical and non-classical singers in lead roles, their lyricism and unbound stylistic references.
Jenni has also written orchestral, choral and chamber work, many songs in contemporary classical/extended vocal technique, experimental, pop and folk idioms. In 2013 she won an Independent Music Award as the vox populi winner in the instrumental song category for the first movement of her piano duo Between the Octaves, entitled Initiation.
She ran a salon des artes for eight years (ending 2009) from her home, The Loft, in North London, where she hosted over seventy concerts, championing many musicians; classical, folk, jazz, Indian, African, Middle Eastern, Chinese, contemporary classical, electronic, post modern, free improvisation, ambient, new age, gypsy and more. She created a unique space for artists and audiences to gather together.
2014 saw Jenni complete two new scored works; one a trio for flute, oboe and piano for Trittico, performed at the 1901 Arts Club and another for double ensemble - Ignite/Shiva Nova, working across new classical, jazz and world music, premiered at Kings Place. 2015 also included a premiere of Roditi's piece Fall Leaves Fall for the Genesis 16 choir, at the Cheltenham Festival.