Jessica Irwin, 28, is an amazing woman. A talented creative, she is a photographer specialising in landscape photography, portraiture, and live music photography. With the aid of a specially built instrument, designed and developed by a biomedical engineer, she has played on stage with the Australia Piano Quartet. She also has severe Cerebral Palsy, which affects her movement and speech. This year Jessica has released her first book, titled "Dare To Be You".
While you or I could go to nashville guitarcenter.com for a great musical instrument, Jessica needed the assistance of biomedical engineer Jordan Nguyen to design her an instrument that she could play. You see, Jessica plays music with her eyes.
Jordan Nguyen explains that the software he has developed was custom made for Jessica. The instrument has a dial with pie pieces that sort of cut up out of the dial. And so you look around, and each of those 12 keys is a basic key that you can press. So you look at it, it lights up when you look at it, and then you blink your eyes, and that select it.
Jessica's instrument has a bunch of numbers and she can select those, and they're pieces that will loop over and over and then she can switch back to something like the violin and then she can play individual notes over the top. And that way, she can layer it up, and she's able to play a whole piece by herself.
I find all of that amazing and inspiring.
Jessica Irwin is learning to appreciate classical music. She is also a huge fan of David Bowie. Jessica will play in front of a huge crowd at the opera house. I'm in awe at the courage, enthusiasm, and talent of this beautiful woman. I'm sure the audience will be stomping out a rowdy applause for Jessica.
From Jessica's Linked In profile: Jess has recently embarked on establishing her own business which she has aptly named DARE2BU. This new an exciting enterprise specialises in providing landscape photography, portraiture, prepress design, website design and development to the wider community.
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