Jenni Roditi FRSA MMus VMTR is a composer, vocal improviser, workshop leader. She founded Vocal Tai Chi in 2012 and is founder and artistic director of TIC – The Improvisers’ Choir and TOC – The Open Choir.
Jenni is on the CEC, Classical Executive Committee at the British Academy of Composers, Songwriters and Authors. She recently became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is an Associate of the Institute of Composing.
Jenni 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 have been particularly 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.
Jenni ran a salon des artes for eight years (ending 2009) from her home, The Loft, in North London, where she hosted over seventy events, championing many musicians; classical, folk, jazz, Indian, African, Middle Eastern, Chinese, contemporary classical, electronic, post modern, free improvised, ambient, new age and gypsy. 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, Waterloo and another for double ensemble – Ignite/Shiva Nova, working across new classical, jazz and world music, premiered at Kings Place, Kings Cross.
Jenni created her work Vocal Tai Chi in 2012 drawing on many encounters with voice teachers, therapeutic voicework and spiritual practice. In November 2014 Jenni introduced Vocal Tai Chi to a bigger world in a public event, alongside the renowned concert pianist Cassie Yukawa (performed at Carnegie Hall, 2008). They worked together with Bach and improvisation in an event called the The Listening Space. Other parts of the event featured musician Nitin Sawhney and actor Lenny Henry and was created and narrated by Theatre du Complicité founder-director Simon McBurney.