Shelley Hirsch

Born and raised in East New York Brooklyn, Vocal Artist, Performer, Composer, Storyteller Shelley Hirsch, has been pushing boundaries with her unique vocal art and performance work, drawing on her life experiences, her memory and her vivid imagination for decades. She has performed her work on five continents and can be heard on more than 70 recordings.

Hirsch has received prestigious awards including a John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Fellowship; A Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists; four NYFA awards in Music and Interdisciplinary Work, a Creative Capital Grant , and residencies including the DAAD in Berlin, Yaddo,  and six at Harvestworks Digital Media Center in NYC. In 2018 Hirsch’s archives were acquired by The Fales Library at NYU for The Downtown Collection.

See / hear more of her work in quarantine include performance improvisations at home.  And Generating text Field recordings in Quarantine, and an excerpt from her performance/installation as artist in residence at QueensLab.

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  1. […] Shelley Hirsch, a well known vocal artist, spoke to us from Manhattan, New York. She has just finished working on a performance for a live stream festival in Canada called the Electric Eclectics. Rather than perform standing in front of a microphone while someone filmed her, Hirsch decided to make the performance an homage to her apartment of 40 years which she will soon be vacating. Over the course of a few months, a cameraman filmed Hirsch in various parts of her house cooking, singing, in the tub, in bed covered with pieces of shredded newspaper, and more. Her collaborator also played violin while Hirsch sang and spoke. Now that this project has ended, she is working on something she often goes back to which is writing a stream of consciousness while listening to music. Hirsch says the music is essential to her writing process, influencing the work in ways that are completely unique. To hear more about this and other work, including a fantastic residency she completed as well as a forthcoming book, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Shelley Hirsch, a well known vocal artist, spoke to us from Manhattan, New York. She has just finished working on a performance for a live stream festival in Canada called the Electric Eclectics. Rather than perform standing in front of a microphone while someone filmed her, Hirsch decided to make the performance an homage to her apartment of 40 years which she will soon be vacating. Over the course of a few months, a cameraman filmed Hirsch in various parts of her house cooking, singing, in the tub, in bed covered with pieces of shredded newspaper, and more. Her collaborator also played violin while Hirsch sang and spoke. Now that this project has ended, she is working on something she often goes back to which is writing a stream of consciousness while listening to music. Hirsch says the music is essential to her writing process, influencing the work in ways that are completely unique. To hear more about this and other work, including a fantastic residency she completed as well as a forthcoming book, listen to the complete interview. […]