Jenni Ventura (aka Jenni Parkinson)
Jenni originally trained as a percussionist at the Royal College of Music, which led to her early career path in performing and education. She then gained a Masters degree in Leadership at the Guildhall School which kickstarted her work in collaborative composition and creative facilitation. Jenni’s musical career has loosely followed three strands: facilitator, composer and performer.
As a performer, she was a member of Meridian percussion duo between 2008 and 2017, performing widely in London and across the UK, including at LSO St Luke’s, the National Gallery, the Jacqueline Du Pre Building in Oxford, Worcester Cathedral and Bath festival. Jenni played in a variety of other groups and settings, including with improvised theatre group Friendly Fire, Stratford Circus family concerts, and at the Tate Modern.
As a facilitator, Jenni has worked freelance for a variety of organisations including Drake Music, Historic Royal Palaces, Create Arts, Jessie’s Fund and Barbican Creative Learning, leading creative workshops in a range of settings. In 2011 she co-founded Soundcastle, an organisation that devises and delivers creative music projects that promote wellbeing and connectedness. In 2016 Soundcastle published a Theory of Practice through the International Society of Music Education conference and journal, presenting a framework for participatory practice which places community members at the heart of the creative process, promoting ownership and autonomy.
As a composer, Jenni launched and directed creative ensemble project Joy to Filth Ratio; a collective of orchestral, pop, jazz and world musicians which devised a set of tracks inspired by dance music, for live virtuoso performance. Joy to Filth Ratio performed at a number of venues and events, including Battersea Arts Centre, the London Summer Jam festival, Pilton Working Men’s Club, and Barbican Pit Theatre. Jenni was commissioned to write another piece of acoustic dance music for recorder quintet Consortium5. She has also written works for performance with Meridian duo and Soundcastle, as well as exploring collaborations with storytelling, illustration and visual art.
Now a mother of two based in Bristol, Jenni is moving into the world of electronic music production. Her debut project, short film A Window In Time was a collaboration with over 50 members of her local community during the first lockdown in 2020.