Jessica Dunn

Composer, sound designer
and musician.

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About

I’m a composer, sound designer, double bassist, electric bassist and musical director based in Sydney.

I recently won the 2020 APRA Award for Best Performance for my work on Bridge of Dreams, an international cross cultural collaboration involving 22 musicians, and was nominated for Best Sound Design at the 2020 Tasmania Theatre Awards for my work on The Mares (Tasmanian Theatre Company/10 Days on the Island). I have a degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and furthered my studies abroad in the US and Middle East. I’ve composed  for theatre, dance and screen, and am passionate about telling stories with music and sound, as well as building long lasting artistic relationships.

I was founding member and Artistic Director of Sirens Big Band for 10 years, championing gender diversity in Australian contemporary music and collaborating with different musicians and composers in Japan, India and the Middle East. I founded the Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra, which provides professional performance opportunities for young instrumentalists, and have been involved in teaching workshops with people of refugee and migrant backgrounds in both Australia and Jordan.

Listen

The Mares
Girl in a School Uniform (Walks Into a Bar)
Two Hearts

Press

“The show is incredibly well designed, with…Jessica Dunn’s sound wonderfully precise in manipulating our visceral responses for this gritty journey.”

Suzy Wrong

“Sound Designer Jessica Dunn plays a critical role in creating the uneasy atmosphere during the blackouts, as the audience hyper-fixates on their one remaining sense.”

Jo Bradley

“Goodwin’s production has the requisite thrills thanks to Jessica Dunn’s superbly unsettling sound design, which guides us through the darkness.”

Ben Nuetze, TimeOut

“Jessica Dunn’s soundscape is effective in creating an ambience bubbling with disquiet”

Kate Prendergast, Audrey Journal

“It is impossible to overstate Jessica Dunn’s achievements as musical director.”



Suzy Wrong

“Sirens leader Jessica Dunn proving again what a special bassist she is. Dunn’s 18-piece band executed the sometimes extremely challenging music with panache…”

John Shand, SMH

“While the Sirens' leader, bassist Jessica Dunn, offered one of the work's strongest statements with her solo introduction to the finale.”

 

John Shand ,SMH

Catalogue

2020

TRESTLE (development)

Company: Legs on the Wall
Role: Composer / Sound Designer
Director/Choreographer: Joshua Thomson

SIX The Musical

Company: Louise Withers and Associates
Role: Performer (bassist)
Director: Grace Taylor

2021 Mardi Gras Float

Company: L’oreal Australia
Role: Sound Designer/Music Producer
Director: Jeremy Santos

Wonnangatta

Company: Sydney Theatre Company
Role: Sound and Composition Associate
Director: Jessica Arthur

2019

Counting and Cracking

Company: Belvoir Street Theatre
Role: Associate Sound Designer
Director: Eamon Flack

Barbara and the Camp Dogs (tour)

Company: Belvoir Street Theatre
Role: Performing Musical Director
Director: Leticia Cáceres

The Mares

Company: Tasmanian Theatre Company / 10 Days
on the Island
Role: Composer / Sound Designer
Director: Leticia Cáceres

Bridge of Dreams

Company: Sirens Big Band / Sydney Festival
Role: Performer / Co-Musical Director / Co-Music Producer
Director: N/A

Girl in A School Uniform (walks into
a bar)

Company: KXT Bakehouse
Role: Composer / Sound Designer
Director: Hannah Goodwin

2018

Harp in the South

Company: Sydney Theatre Company
Role: Associate Sound Designer
Director: Kip Williams

Random

Company: Belvoir Street Theatre
Role: Associate Sound Designer
Director: Leticia Cáceres

Two Hearts

Company: TKXT Bakehouse
Role: Composer / Sound Designer
Director: Jessica Arthur

Buried

Company: Old 505 Theatre
Role: Composer / Sound Designer
Director: Johann Walraven

2017

Barbara and the Camp Dogs

Company: Belvoir Street Theatre
Role: Performing Musical Director
Director: Leticia Cáceres

Discography

Bridge of Dreams

Sirens Big Band

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