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Music of Jen Hankin

 About Jen Hankin

Soulful vocals caress gentle ukulele, stitched together with lilting flute create the sonic pallet of multidisciplinary artist The Emerald Ruby aka Jennifer Hankin. Working out of Awabakal and Wollomi land (Newcastle NSW) her arts practice is prolific and multifaceted encompassing performance, composition, fine arts, photography, videography, fashion design and the written word. The Emerald Ruby’s artistic exploits often explore and unpack her experiences moving through the world as a late diagnosed Neuroviderse (Autism/ADHD) human. 

A kaleidoscope of influences nourish every release and performance of this multi-genre powerhouse - The hazy virtuosity of 18th century french flute music, chaotic abstractions of a moonlit jazz jam, trading traditional jigs and reels at a folk session meshed with a decade of recording, touring and performing with the Button Collective (folk), Vanishing Shapes (contemporary chamber music), Othrship (jazz rock) and Lachlan X Morris (Psyc Rock). Her songwriting is musically adjacent to Joanna Newsome, Missy Higgins and the Fleet Foxes. Her classical compositions are enjoyed by audiences who engage with the works of Elena Kats Chernin, Phillip Glass and Miriam Hyde. 

The Emerald Ruby has journeyed down an unconventional path, beginning with her graduation from University of Newcastle in 2015 under the tutelage of Sally Walker (flute), Phillip Rutherford (composition) and Colin Spiers (composition), departing the experience possessing a Bachelor of music with Honors and the Maurice and Betsy Sendak award for outstanding performance. She has since graced the stages of the Great Southern Nights, Melbourne Ukulele Festival (2019, 2020, 2022), Bulga Beats festival (2019), The Rhythm Hut and Lazybones Lounge. In December of 2022, her work as the Dots and Loops composer fellow (overseen by Connor De Netto, Sally Whitwell, Chris Perren and Vanessa Tomlinson) will premier at the “Nonstop” festival.

She has had a prolific year of releases in 2021, beginning with her debut solo flute EP/Video series/Sheet music collection “5 short thoughts for solo flute”, a new work for flute choir, Cordelia’s Jig based on the book Anne of Green Gables, and a small EP of instrumental music “Folksy Dreams Volume 1”. 2022 is shaping up to be an equally prolific year, beginning with the release of “The end of Torpor” a duet for flute and cello, which was fully crowdfunded, then toured around NSW. In September The Emerald Ruby will release the long awaited second edition of the Folksy Dreams series, Volume 2.

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