The Night’s Insomnia is a dark, open and achingly beautiful album. A smart project that builds songs from the words of 12 contemporary Australian poets from around the country. Works that evoke the feeling and space that keep us awake in the black hours. That place where the fight of thought comes in from the edges of everything.
Poets include: Cate Kennedy / Kevin Brophy / Esther Ottaway / Ali Cobby Eckermann / David Brooks / Steve Brock / Juan Garrido-Salgado / Jill Jones / Ouyang Yu / Nathan Curnow / Kathryn Hummel / Renee Pettitt-Schipp with an introduction by Cath Kenneally.
The album will launch on the 21st of April at Stone Pony in Willunga with Naomi Keyte. Jen will be joined by: Chris Parkinson, Robyn Chalklen, Richard Coates, Tara Carragher and Mark Seddon. The album is accompanied by a 100 page book including all poems, poets’ commentary and photography. — Get there for the dark night and the louder silence.
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Jen trained in Dance at the University of Adelaide but has always been drawn to cross collaborative projects. Together with dance and film graduates and musicians she devised and performed physical theatre piece ‘Lines’ in the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe festivals and Come Out festival for young people. As an actor, dancer and workshop facilitator she toured extensively to schools throughout South Australia as a co-creator and performer with Coathanger. In 1999 Jen moved to London to perform in theatre, music, film and television and dance in education for 5 years.
Jen’s involvement in songwriting and performing music has led her from touring and recording with trip-hop electronica band Suvome, releasing two albums and performing in Japan and London, to her current folk rock band Cat Dog Bird, who have a solid presence in the Adelaide live music scene, creating and performing their lyrical and melodic songs at live venues and festivals in Adelaide and beyond. Cat Dog Bird’s debut album Headfirst Into The Riddle was released in 2014.
In 2013 Jen created children’s theatre company Story Ports with actor and puppeteer Lorinda Curnow, devising and performing theatre/storytelling show ‘Sky Feast’ which was performed in the 2014 Adelaide fringe Festival and toured to schools, kindergartens and community groups throughout 2014. Jen has continued working with children in Adelaide teaching dance and developed a series of new song-writing workshops for primary schools and kindergartens in 2014, culminating in the recording of a four song CD with Eden Hills Kindergarten. Jen is currently teaching creative movement and singing/song writing with teenagers in various high schools as part of Families SA’s School Engagement Team, and continues to run song writing workshops in primary schools and kindergartens.