A composer and jazz pianist, Jill Jarman’s music reflects diverse genres, effortlessly merging the boundaries between classical and jazz "...Art music with jazz waywardness…" [Swedish dagbladet]. While contemporary, Jill creates music that is emotional and exciting, contrasting complex textures with simple beauty.
The recipient of two Arts Council composition awards, Jill founded an experimental string quartet and toured extensively with her jazz quartet, (album ‘Spirit Level’, Zinc records). Her interest in using science and the environment to inform composition can be heard in works such as Soundwaves of light, an orchestral tapestry based on the light frequencies of stars; and H20 an orchestral work based on a water molecule's behaviour in different states (solid, liquid, gas). This allows for new compositional devices and approaches to occur, engaging the listener in an evolving and multi-layered sound-world. She created a new harmonic system, Polychords of limited transposition, which can be heard in many of her pieces.
Recent comissions include double concerto Mindstream for Evelyn Glennie and Hugo Ticiatti with the O/mordant chamber orchestra (premiered Sweden, May 2015, UK premier 2016) and Resonance for solo cello using the science of cymatics (making sound visible), USA premiere May 2015. Jill writes prolifically for voices, receiving commissions from ensembles and choirs including St Georges mass for St George’s church Bloomsbury, and the piece Revelation performed at the London festival of contemporary church music (2014, 2015). Vocal works are multi-layered with eclectic influences from Ligeti to world music.
A strong advocate of music education, multi-arts, and multi-disciplines, has seen Jill collaborate with physicists, astronomers, dancers, schools, and universities.Current projects include Sounds of Science, revealing how humans have changed the world over the last 10,000 years through a timeline of science and engineering played live using nothing more than sound. Celebrated percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie performed the world premiere of this ground-breaking 21-minute soundscape written by Jill Jarman, conceived by timeline specialist and world history author Christopher Lloyd. The Unicorn commissioned by Swedish conductor David Lundblad, (premier January 2017 Sweden) is for audiences of all ages wishing to learn more about the orchestra.
"Music must take us out of ourselves to ultimately bring us back to ourselves. It reminds us to be alive and in the moment" (Jill Jarman).