I am banfili - woman poet composer
I create pieces for singers, from pedagogical songs for beginners to bespoke pieces for stunning soloists to full length concert works. I begin each project by finding and crafting the words. I search not only for meaning, but sounds, rhythms, inflections, and the magic space between the said and the unsaid. My composition draws on a lifetime of singing folk songs. The authenticity, simplicity and beauty of this music infuse every note of my writing. Sometimes I build the notes up, sometimes I carve away. Asking: is it as beautiful as possible for the singers and their listeners?
I was born at a turning point where we know vocal works need the voices of women creators. The profound truths of women’s lives - wild and rich and subtle - need to be told by women. So many of the old stories present women as doomed hostages to fate, and tell of how women die. I am interested in telling of women’s agency, struggles and victories - of how women live.
SINGING THE DOTS
A free collection of songs, teaching notes and exercises for adult choirs to learn sightsinging together.
Song a Week by jodie
A blog of arrangements for choirs, musings and other resources.
AND IN THE CENTRE WE DANCE
A concert of sacred songs, recorded live August 2017 performed by the singers whose beautiful voices inspired each song.
Wine And Cheese Cantata
Inspired by the spirit of madrigals, I'm writing this work solely for the pleasure of friends making music together. Years of going to folk festivals where folkies jam together into the night has inspired me to write something in a similar spirit for classical singers. The orchestration is simply guitar chords, the work is for jamming. Wine, Cheese and Jam! It's a democratic piece - everyone has a solo. In turn each soloist sings an aria - and then returns to the company. I've kept the choruses simple, with a tidy baroque sensibility, so readers can easily read, and learners can learn quickly. This work should be sung whilst drinking wine and eating cheese.
You may be interested to know, the plot is based on a true story.