Sofia Jernberg

Sofia Jernberg is a Swedish experimental singer, composer, improviser and performer, born in Ethiopia 1983. She grew up in Ethiopia, Vietnam and Sweden. Since 2011 she is based in Oslo, Norway. One of Sofia’s deepest interests as a singer is to explore the “instrumental” possibilities of the voice, and her singing vocabulary include sounds and techniques that often contradict a conventional singing style.

Sofia has performed several staged music theatre pieces like Arnold Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Salvatore Sciarrinos Lohengrin. Composers have written roles especially with her in mind like in Emily Hall’s Folie à Deux and Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s UR_. She has performed together with visual artist Camille Norment and was a part of her piece Rapture (Venice Biennale 2015) and Lull (Festspillene i Bergen 2016).

As a composer, Sofia’s main focus lies in blending improvisation and composition. Besides composing for her own ensembles, she regularly gets commissions from others. Previous commissions include Barents composer orchestra, Swedish Radio, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Trondheim jazz orchestra, vocal ensemble Oslo 14 and various chamber ensembles.