Janice Isabel Jackson

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Janice Isabel Jackson, vocalist, improviser, new music specialist, composer

Janice Jackson has sung over 240 world premieres, many works written specifically for her, and performed with contemporary music ensembles and in modern music festivals and concert halls around the world – Beijing, Paris, Avignon, Vienna, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Torino, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Berlin, Cape Town, Johannesburg and more. In practicing her craft, Jackson has worked extensively as an improviser, and mastered a wide range of extended vocal techniques. She has also taken part in many visual arts based projects either as a recording artist for sound sculptures, a muse for art film, a participant in performance art projects, and music based art gallery installations.

She is the Artistic Director of the Halifax based society Vocalypse Productions, a presenter of new vocal projects. Her duo, Newfangled, with pianist Barbara Pritchard focuses on new Canadian compositions for voice and piano. Together with 2 Persian musicians she performs in the Teleet trio, which combines western and middle-eastern instruments in exotic arrangements of international folk songs.

Throughout 2020 she wrote, recorded, and performed a cycle of 13 solo songs entitled Oh Death, a part of an interdisceplinary project with Lethbridge artist Annie Martin, lyricist. In 2018 – 2019 she performed extensively throughout France in CO2 Cycle de Lieder, a multimedia project by Belgian composer Patrick Defossez, which combined stunning live video graphics with rare and exotic instruments.

In 2018, Jackson was honored with the Friends of Canadian Music Award through the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre. She has also received an Established Award from the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council and an award from the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia for her contribution to Nova Scotian culture. Jackson continues to gain support for her activities through grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia.