Shelley Hirsch is an unorthodox, extraordinary fusion of vocalist, composer, and performance artist whose work encompasses story telling, staged performances, compositions, improvisations, collaborations, installations, and radio plays. Among other things, she’ll be singing over electronic “song drapes” composed for her by the late, great Jerry Hunt.
Born and based in New York City, Shelley Hirsch has performed hundreds of concerts of improvised music with great musicians including Anthony Coleman, Christian Marclay, Ikue Mori, Hans Reichel, David Simons, Paul Lovens, David Watson, Marina Rosenfeld, Jim Staley, DJ Olive, Joey Baron, Mark Dresser, Ned Rothenberg, Marc Ribot, Cyro Baptista, Butch Morris, Elliot Sharp, and many others. Her mostly solo multimedia performance pieces have been performed internationally, and include O Little Town of East New York, For Jerry (virtual duets with Jerry Hunt), and The Passions of Natasha, Nokiko, Nina, Nicole and Norma (with visual artist Barbara Bloom). She is currently a vocalist in Alvin Curran’s Philharmonie with Fred Frith, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Willie Winant.