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Shelley Hirsch

Born and raised in East New York Brooklyn, Vocal Artist, Performer, Composer, Storyteller, Interdisciplinary Artist Shelley Hirsch has been pushing boundaries with her unique vocal art and performance work, drawing on her life experiences, her memory, her vivid imagination for decades. The New York Times called her "A woman of a thousand voices... She offered an enthralling demonstration of the way songs, vocal styles and language might have evolved out of more primal musical impulses". Hirsch's multimedia performances, compositions, improvisations, electronic music pieces, sound installations, collaborations and radio plays have been presented at concert halls, museums, theaters, galleries, clubs, radio, worldwide in venues including Alice Tully Hall, Roulette, Experimental Intermedia Foundation and CBGB's in NYC; Experimenta Festival in Buenos Aires, What is Music? Festival Melbourne Australia; Beyond Innocence Festival in Kobe Japan; City of Women Festival Llubliana Slovenia; Dom Cultural Center Moscow; Akademie Der Künste Berlin; Next Festival Bratislava Slovakia; Time Festival Ghent, Belgium; Angelica Festival Bologna Italy, All Ears Festival Oslo Norway; Red House Sofia Bulgaria; Taktlos Festival Bern Switzerland; New Music America Festival Helena Montana, TBA Festival Portland Oregon, and hundreds more.. In 2018 decades of her work were acquired for the archive at The Fales Library part of NYU, for their Downtown Collection. Other prestigious honors include The John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition 2017; The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants for Artists 2017; The Creative Capital Grant 2002; New York Foundation of the Arts in Music/Sound 2010, Multidisciplinary/ Performance 2003, Music Composition1996 and the New Forms Category 1987; Two NYSCA Grants in Vocal Music 2016 and Electronic Music in 2007; The DAAD Residency Grant in Berlin 1992 and a record six Artist in Residency Grants at Harvestworks Digital Media Center in NYC from 1985-2016. In 2019, Hirsch was Artist in Residence at Queenslab in Queens New York. A collection of the writing and images she produced during her Residency will be published in Summer 2019 Hirsch can be heard on over 70 recordings with several on the Tzadik, FMP, InTakt, and on Nonesuch, Sound Aspects, Tellus, Apollo, Innocent Records, Don Giovanni and many more.. She leads the workshop Explore Your 1000 Voices in NYC, nationally and internationally.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Pt. 1

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Pt. 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


After the initial shock of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown, artists did what artists do. Unable to tour, many musicians created solo projects. Musicians, like other sentient beings though, crave contact, so when some of the most severe restrictions lifted, duos were formed and production returned. These small positive steps (note: some were recorded before ...

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Article: Live From New York

Shelley Hirsch: Back with a Vengeance

Read "Shelley Hirsch: Back with a Vengeance" reviewed by John Pietaro


It took Brooklyn's Roulette performance space to break COVID-19's hold on Shelley Hirsch. Now, it seems there'll be no stopping her. The vocal acrobat, poet and performance artist was a new music original long before “downtown" moved across the East River. An original member of the avant rock band The Public Servants, Hirsch also ...

Article: Live Review

AngelicA Festival: 25 anni

Read "AngelicA Festival: 25 anni" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Centro di ricerca musicale Bologna 02-31.05.2015 John Oswald coadiuvato da Domenico Caliri, Chris Cutler & Co. Gianni Gebbia e Carl Stone, Sidsel Endresen con Stian Westerhus: pillole, ma tonificanti, di un festival durato un mese e votato a «presentare musica in continuo movimento senza adagiarsi sulle “novità" o sul “consolidato," ...

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Article: Album Review

Amy Kohn: Plexilusso

Read "Plexilusso" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Nel panorama delle musiche di confine, tra rock, jazz e sperimentazione, Amy Kohn si presenta con una ricca e spiccata personalità. È un'artista visionaria che canta, suona pianoforte e fisarmonica, compone e scrive arrangiamenti complessi dove confluiscono riferimenti quanto mai ampi e suggestivi. Da un lato verrebbe di collocarla nell'ambito del vocalismo creativo ma Amy non ...

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Article: Album Review

Koch-Schutz-Studer with Shelley Hirsch: Walking and Stumbling Through Your Sleep

Read "Walking and Stumbling Through Your Sleep" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


The Swiss improvising trio has made its distinctive footprint for Switzerland-based Intakt Records, also featuring projects based on collaborations with notable musicians, spanning various genres. Here, fabled New York City improvising vocalist Shelley Hirsch imparts her flippant and wily vocal clarity, prowess and passion. Vastly experimental and skirting the perimeters of avant rock and tiny elements ...

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Article: Meet the Staff

Meet Eyal Hareuveni

Read "Meet Eyal Hareuveni" reviewed by AAJ Staff


I currently live in: Jerusalem, Israel I joined All About Jazz in: 2004 What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? At first, All About Jazz provided me a way to express my thoughts, insights and feelings about certain albums that I was listening to, and shared with other friends, ...

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Article: Album Review

Billy Martin's Wicked Knee: Heels Over Head

Read "Heels Over Head" reviewed by Mark Corroto


What if drummer Billy Martin of the late-20th, now 21st-century band Medeski Martin and Wood had been born at the end of the 19th century in New Orleans? What kind of music would he play? Certainly, it would have a brass band setting and be inflected with blues feel. Invite Buddy Bolden over tonight, because we ...

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Where Were You Then?

Label: Tellus
Released: 2012

Album

Duets 10 Years After

Label: Tellus
Released: 2011


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