Jennifer Vanilla is the entrepreneurial fantasy vessel LARPed into reality by Becca Kauffman, a New York City performance artist and long standing member of the musical group, Ava Luna.
Her commercial-inspired vocalizations, paired with reconstructions (or "jv edits") of 90's house tracks, draw comparisons to Laurie Anderson, Will Powers, and Ann Steel, and provide the foundation for her comedic, theatrical live performances. JV has toured coast to coast and performed alongside Yaeji, Carrie Brownstein (Sleater Kinney), Cindy Wilson (The B-52's), Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Julio Torres (SNL), Ana Fabrega (HBO), Dynasty Handbag, YACHT, Mr. Twin Sister, TEEN, and Sateen everywhere from Bowery Ballroom to Museum of Modern Art . Her first album of [highly copyrighted] jv edits, This is Jennifer, was Rough Trade's Cassette of the Month in 2018 and can be heard in full on Bandcamp. Watch her Queens Public Access Television show, The Jennifer Vanilla Hour, at youtube.com/jennifervanillatv.
A contempo clown who uses attention as her business model, she'll sell you back to yourself for free. "If you're going to have a fantasy, at least make it reality. If you're going to have reality, at least make it a fantasy."