Jess Murray is a dance artist interested in the relationship between dance and music, or sound and movement and improvised performance. Her eclectic music background and interest in visual and performing arts have led her to collaborate with a wide range of different musicians and artists, performing in theatres, music venues, festivals and street performances. She works collaboratively with musicians to create original performance
work such as the Arts Council England funded projects SoundMoves and Sound Catchers and is currently an associate artist with QuestLab Network at Studio Wayne McGregor which explores the uses of creative technologies in dance and performance.
Jess is known in the UK for her work as a Tap Dance performer, teacher and tap jam host (Tap Rhythm Jam Nottingham/ Manchester, London Tap Jam, Tap Dance Festival UK). She coordinates Tap Rhythm Project which has delivered community Tap Dance activities in Nottingham and Manchester in the UK since 2006. She has appeared at numerous venues and festivals including the Purcell Rooms as part of London Jazz Festival, Ronnie
Scotts in Soho, Band on the Wall in Manchester, Glastonbury Festival and the Olympic Opening Ceremony for the North West of England. Jess is currently undertaking a practice research Ph.D funded by Midland4Cities at De Montfort University researching ‘Improvisational Dramaturgy for Dance and Music Collaboration’. She recently founded the Tap Dance Research Network UK, a collective of Tap Dance artists, practitioners, academics and researchers working to create a platform for Tap Dance research in the UK.