Jenni Roditi GGSM MMus Dist. VMT-R
Jenni founded Vocal Tai Chi in 2012, a transformative workshop now in its ninth year, she is also a vocal improviser, workshop leader and award-winning director of TIC - The Improvisers' Choir.
Jenni expanded the choir project in 2016 with The Open Choir for improvisers. TOCfi is a unique choir for community singers. They have performed locally many times in North London. The Essence Choir for improvisers formed in 2017. TECfi is still in development and does not perform as yet. It is open to anyone interested in voice and meditation.
In 2019 she expanded her work as a solo vocal improviser, forming three new duos (voice/piano, voice/harp, voice/electric guitar) and a trio (2 voices/keyboard). Each collaboration draws on different aspects of Roditi's evolving interests in voice, improvisation, composition and.. being human.
In 2020 she formed The UnChoir for improvisers TUCfi, for lockdown, on zoom.
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.
Between 2016 and 2019 she was part of a team of vocal coaches, and artistic lead, on the Guildhall School of Music's Finding a voice: The art and science of unlocking the potential of adult non-singers’ research group, directed by Dr. Karen Wise.
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, Initiation.
She trained as a Voice Movement Therapist in 1992-1993 and was the first student to complete the training run by Paul Newham.
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.