August 22, 2017 - August 26, 2017

Prismatic Park: Shelley Hirsch


Blank Forms artist in residence Shelley Hirsch will bring her multidisciplinary work, book-bark-tree-skin-line, to the Park from August 22-26. Her and a choir ensemble singing in several languages will perform along an audio recording, which will play daily throughout the Park. She will record interviews with Park visitors on their experiences with each word in the work’s title, inciting improvisation based on their responses.

Make sure to pick up a free poster in the Park, featuring exclusive images provided by Hirsch and her artist residency schedule.

Tuesday, August 22
1-2:30pm – Explore Your 1000 Voices, workshop #1 (RSVP required)

Wednesday, August 23
7pm – Varied Formations

Thursday, August 24
6:30pm – Varied Formations

Saturday, August 26
1:30-3:00pm – Explore Your 1000 Voices, workshop #2 (RSVP required)
5pm – Final improv workshop with singers, musicians, speakers, drawing, and public participation

Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park will be on view from June 13-October 8. Prismatic Park will be used by three art non-profit organizations—Blank Forms, Danspace Project, and Poets House—to realize new and exciting works. When not occupied by resident artists, the public can access the exhibition as a platform for their own creativity. Look out for a free weekly poster available in the Park.

Brooklyn born and raised Shelley Hirsch is a critically acclaimed vocal artist, composer, and storyteller whose solo compositions, staged multimedia works, improvisations, radio plays, installations and collaborations have been produced and presented in concert halls, clubs, festivals, theaters, museums, galleries and on radio, film and television on 5 continents. Hirsch began touring at age 19 in an experimental theater company in the SF Bay area and brings many of those concepts to her work today. She has been  called a fountain of sonic mercury and has a virtuosic command of extended vocal techniques and vocal styles,  imparting an enormous versatility to her music. Whether on her written narrative works such as O Little Town of East New York, her homage and virtual duet with the late great Jerry Hunt, or her stream of consciousness free improvisations, she uses the body as the storage house of memory to bring her unique music storytelling to life. Hirsch can be heard on over 70 commercial recordings, including  several improvised music collaborations on FMP and several of her composed works and collaborations on Tzadik. She is the 2017 recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts fellowship and remains both internationally renowned and an essential figure of New York’s avant-garde downtown scene

Book-Bark-Tree-Skin-Line is a celebration of language centered on an investigation of the words of the title—book, bark, tree, skin, line—and their etymological, poetic, mnemonic, and sonic properties. Shelley Hirsch has written a text score and composed a multi-track recording featuring her voice which will be used as a template for its own elaboration through a series of public workshops and group collaborations. Drawing upon her ongoing workshop “Explore Your 1000 Voices”, Hirsch has assembled a diverse chorus of musicians and improvisers who speak several languages and play various styles of music to participate in this experimental work-in-process. During open rehearsals in the park, Hirsch will work collaboratively with the vocalists/musicians to create sung and spoken parts for their particular talents to be performed in varied formations, including sections of solos and improvisations, throughout her residency. Hirsch will also be recording interviews with park-goers about their associations with the words of the title, to be edited and added to her pre-recorded material. For the final presentation she will improvise with these collected associations, conduct the members of the chorus, and prompt the audience to engage in an extended choir. Hirsch’s compositions for voice and tape are often collaged from an enormous variety of musical styles and vocal techniques. Book-Bark-Tree-Skin-Line is a continuation of this compositional practice and lifelong fascination with the way that language, stories, and song grow out of primal vocal utterance and voiced gestures intrinsically located in the body.
Participating vocalist musicians include Sarah Bernstein, Michael Evans, Matt Freedman, John Matturri, Anaïs Maviel, Michela Musolino, Dafna Naphtali, Yuko Otomo, Peter Stampfel, and Emilie Weibel.

As part of her Prismatic Park residency, Shelley Hirsch will conduct two small workshops focusing on locating vocal resonances in the body, using movement to trigger sound and language, and drawing upon surroundings for material in a direct and spontaneous way. Space is limited to 20 participants.

2017-08-22 8:00:00 2017-08-26 16:00:00 America/New_York Prismatic Park: Shelley Hirsch

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