Jen Cork is the kind of powerful singer/songwriter who silences barrooms with one vocal phrase. A well-known contributor to the robust Ithaca, NY music scene, she enjoys ruminating on rusty objects, spaces, and emotions, and the energy and rubble they hold. It has been said that her voice sounds like history--that one can hear legacy in her songs.
Bandleader of former folk-jazz outfit, Jen Cork & the Good Hope, (Forever to Fall released 2015) Cork is also a solo singer/songwriter as well as a versatile collaborator and skilled harmony singer who has lent her talents to numerous CNY acts (Tenzin Chopak/Rockwood Ferry, Janet Batch, Austin MacRae). She was named Ithaca’s "Best Female Singer" of 2015, has been called “a superb vocal stylist” by Finger Lakes Music Press, and was selected to play with her band at the 2017 Confluence benefit for the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
Cork is currently booking solo shows throughout the Northeast and crafting her first solo record out of sticks and some dirt, an old baritone uke, and the 1904 upright grand piano she learned on at age 6. Found sounds, furious instrumental and vocal layering, and a rougher, more honest edge define Jen's current work. She sounds like sad days with happy endings.
Photographer: Jonathan Hochberg/Finger Lakes Music Press
Musician: Jen Cork & the Good Hope
Festival: Porchfest, Ithaca, NY 2016
"...a superb vocal stylist"
-Finger Lakes Music Press