Jenni Roditi MMus Dist. VMTR is a composer, vocal improviser, workshop leader and latterly improvisation director.
She founded Vocal Tai Chi in 2012, a workshop practice for voice, body and soul. In 2015 she founded The Improvisers' Choir. In 2016 she founded their sister community choir - TOC, The Open Choir.
Jenni is on the Classical Committee at the British Academy of Composers, Songwriters and Authors (BASCA) and was a judge for the BASCA British Composer Awards for eight years. 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 prominent use of a mix of classical and non-classical voices in the lead roles.
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.