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Jessi Harvey

Seattle, WA         

Jessi Harvey, also known by George, is a Montana-born freelance composer and teacher with degrees from Bryn Mawr College and University of New Mexico. Their work has a wellspring of inspiration based in the natural world which trends with sonic shocks and a dry sense of humor which Seattle Mag described as “full of surprises and consistently attention holding.” Jessi’s work focuses on integrating creation with social and environmental causes. 

by the nature of our conversation

An extemporaneous exploration of the process of conversation, framed by the four elements and seasons. The piece ends as an open-ended improvisation, in which the performers decide how their conversation ends. Performed at the 2019 Montreal Contemporary Music Lab by Christine Elizabeth Hoerning, clarinets, and Emily Kennedy, cello.

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rhizome

An extremely aggressive piece about the roots of a daisy. Performed at the 2019 Music by Women Festival by Cassie Lear, flute, Olivia Valenza, b-flat clarinet, Alexandra Hecker, bass clarinet, and Caitlin Frasure, piano.

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Song for a Harbor

Structured around the mixed semi-diurnal tidal pattern of the Puget Sound and is a tribute to the memory of a friend and mentor evoking the sound of waves breaking on the rocks and half-heard melodies in the wind. Performed at THINGS THAT BREAK by Bathsheba Marcus, piano, in 2018.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles April 23 2020 | By Jessi Harvey
Beginning Again

I am, once and for all, the eternal beginner. – Gustav Mahler, 1909   I read this sentence over a century after it was written, six months after leaving an...