Jess is currently working on a number of projects exploring the voice through the prism of mental health, the physical body, the environment, and the sacred. Her work in these areas is interdisciplinary and experimental.
The Hildegard Project
a ritual exploring the body as a site of existential revelation and the voice as a form of oracular sacred technology. Collaborators include photographer and designer Clare Park, movement director and dancer Debbie Green, and composer, Alex Mills.
Photograph: Clare Park©
Movement: Debbie Green
Montage: Matthew Tugwell
Places have personalities. Jess wanted to get to know places as she would a person. With composer Alex Mills and audiovisual engineer Bobby Williams, Jess finds places to collaborate with. Site and time specific, the music that emerges is the sound sculpture of a unique conversation of equal partners: singer and space. The fixed frame image is akin to a painting, and Jess, Bobby and Alex intend to show their work in gallery spaces and cinemas. The project is inspired by Geomancy, the ancient practice of identifying, and thus worshipping, the spirit of place.
Photograph: still image from Cave Meditation, Cathedral Cavern in Cumbria
Jess records her first solo album with long-time duo partner, Dylan Perez and audio engineer, Bobby Williams. An all-Brahms affair, to include Four Serious Songs and Songs for Viola, Voice, and Piano. To help fund this endeavour, consider donating via their GoFundMe page.
Jess is the co-founder of the mental health initiative SongPath, which creates musical walking trails in beautiful places, helping participants to explore the healing power of creative connections to landscape and life.
Find out more on the SongPath website
The Music and Being Collective
An open laboratory space exploring music and our sense of self, founded by Alex Mills and Jess Dandy
Music can reconnect us with the deepest parts of ourselves. It can facilitate profound self-expression and self-discovery. It can help us explore, cultivate and ultimately know our inner worlds, enriching our connection with everything around us. However, as artists, we noticed that a lot of music making today takes these fundamental capacities of music for granted.
We founded The Music & Being Collective to consciously explore the potential of these approaches in our artistic practice through collaborative and often interdisciplinary projects. The collective is located at the intersection of music, art, wellbeing, spirituality, self-expression, physical and mental health.
It is an open laboratory space that invites artists, musicians and audiences to re-consider how music can reconnect us with a sense of ourselves, and the world around us.
To find out more and to keep up to date with our latest projects, please contact email@example.com.
Jess has made the perhaps unwise decision to read aloud all of Emily Dickinson's poems. Just shy of 1800 miraculous verses, had Jess been disciplined – which she isn't – this would take her around five years to complete. She hopes to complete it before her fortieth birthday, which she hopes you realise is a rather generous deadline. Follow her on Instagram to witness the attempt.