May 22nd & 23rd 12:00-17:00

Explore Your 1000 Voices with Shelley Hirsch

The workshop focuses on :
-unleashing the imagination, conjuring sonic imagery
-finding / fueling language real and imaginary
-locating resonances in the body, in the room.
-using movement to thrust one into voicing , triggering memory,
-improvising with an expanded vocabulary that is authentic, all your own,stretching your instrument in unexpected ways in hopefully uncharted territory.

Open for all levels, vocalists, musicians, actors, teachers, poets, sound artists ,visual artists

From Vocalist/composer/cellist Theresa Wong
“Yesterdays workshop with Shelley Hirsch was a portal back into that place of child’s play, curiosity and wonder”

Shelley Hirsch is an internationally renowned critically acclaimed vocalist, composer, “storyteller” , performance artist , whose work for concert, stage, exhibition, recording, and film has been presented in clubs, concert halls, museums, and theaters and on television and radio on 5 continents.

“Going as far back as her childhood, Hirsch relentlessly mines her life experiences, concocting brilliant collage-like reminiscences that are alternately, and sometimes simultaneously, disquieting and euphoric. Embracing archetypal personas such as Blanche Dubois, she weaves their reinvented essences into the maze of associations conjured by her alchemical compositions. Investigating immediate consciousness, memory consciousness, and image-making consciousness, she becomes a producer of sonic images, recycling the discarded and the strange. Her remarkably unfettered access to the motherlode of automatism enhances her gift of spontaneous ingenuity.

Hirsch’s command of extended vocal techniques imparts enormous variety to her music. The tone of her voice can range from audacious vulnerability, to charismatic intimacy (especially in the story-telling segments), to hallucinatory excursions floating effortlessly out of the spoken/sung voice and into pure Hirschian singing. Such transitions always remain viscerally connected to the text and in context. (From Anne LeBarons essay /Surrealism in post modern music Garland Press)

“Hirsch is a woman of 1000 Voices” “an extraordinary vocalist… enormously, inventive, scathingly satiric and virtuosic… A brilliant overwhelming presence on stage.” (New York Times)