Manifesting Song Through Breath and Pulse

Workshop with Jessika Kenney

Saturday, January 24, 2015
10:00am – 4:00 pm

Art Studio

In this workshop students will explore breathing techniques and sphygmology (the study of the pulse) as a precursor to learning and performing song. Jessika Kenney will discuss and teach students pulse and breathing exercises designed to heighten the aural and vocal learning experience. Jessika will also coach students on songs from the Javanese and Persian canons, as well as her own repertoire of improvisational work.

About the Instructor

Composer and singer Jessika Kenney is renowned for the diverse and contrasting musical forms she has integrated into a distinct style. Her reverence for, and interpretations of Javanese and Persian vocal traditions in particular, have formed the basis of her main improvisational work. In 2014 Kenney received the Artist Trust James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium for a Washington State artist whose work demonstrates exceptional originality. In 2013 she and Eyvind Kang were recipients of the 2013 Stranger Genius Award in Music. Presently, Kenney studies radif with Ostad Hossein Omoumi, a master of the classical Persian musical tradition, and avidly studies interpretations of classical Sufism. Since 2007 Jessika has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Cornish College of Art teaching Gamelan and classical Persian music.

Jessika Kenney. Still from Anchor Zero, 2014. Digital video with audio. Videography by Claudia Maerzendorfer. Painting by Faith Coloccia. Design by Kyle Hanson.


$55 Frye members
$115 nonmembers


SPU uses the quarter system and issues quarter credits. Payment for credit or clock hour fees is paid directly to SPU on the first day of class. $15 for five clock hours. $20 for ten clock hours.