Jana Irmert is an acclaimed sound artist and composer based in Berlin. Her sonic explorations take on various forms – from live performance and multichannel composition to joint projects with filmmakers, dancers and visual artists. Being interested in phenomena like temporality and impermanence, alienation and the ecological crisis, she creates atmospheric audiovisual and sonic spaces ‘that work with dis/harmony in such a way as to mirror our imperfect world at the moment.’ (TJ Norris, Toneshift).
Her compositions and installations have been presented at international festivals and exhibitions such as the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Sound Explicit (Slovenia), the I-Park Environmental Arts Biennale (USA), the Academy of Arts Berlin and the Banff Centre (Canada).
Jana Irmert’s album debut End of Absence was released in 2016 on Fabrique Records, followed by her second album FLOOD in 2018. Both received critical praise from various music blogs and magazines and have been internationally broadcast on RAI 3, Resonance FM, RTVE and BBC Radio 3.
Jana is also co-founder of Studio am Fluss, a Berlin-based company specialising in sound for picture and has contributed sound design and music for feature films, documentaries, VR experiences and video installations.
For her soundtrack for the feature documentary ‘Stress’ by Florian Baron she received the German Documentary Film Music Award 2019. In her soundtrack, she ‘dissolves the boundaries between sound design and musical composition in a virtuoso and at the same time self-evident way, thus creating a sound cosmos that, through uncompromising reduction, generates brutal knowledge.’ (Jury statement). Cusp, a collection of compositions Jana made for the film was released in January 2020.
Her latest work Everything minus all will be available from June 26th, 2020. It is a meditation about isolation and connection, using a minimal arrangement to play with the perception of space and time.
Recent collaborations have included projects with Jóhann Jóhannsson, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Christopher James Chaplin.
Climate Fiction Festival, Literaturhaus, Berlin (D)
Fluc, Vienna (A)