Voice workshop with SHELLEY HIRSCH

November 12 and 13 of 2018 | 15h00 until 19h00 |
 O'culto da Ajuda | Lisboa |



In November, singer and songwriter Shelley Hirsch will conduct a voice workshop titled "Release Your 1000 Voices" at O'culto da Ajuda.

Participation: 50 € / person

Target audience: vocalists, musicians, actors, teachers, poets, sound artists, visual artists, storytellers of all levels.

Maximum number of participants: 12

Deadline for registration: November 10, 2018


The workshop focuses on :

- unleashing the imagination, conjuring sonic imagery;
- locating resonances in the body, in the room;
- finding / fueling language - real and imaginary;
- using movement to thrust one into voicing, triggering memory and  creating narrative both verbal and abstract;
- improvising with an expanded vocabulary which includes extended techniques,  and  stretching your instrument in unexpected ways in hopefully uncharted territory. 
It begins with breathing exercises and takes shape based on the students who attend . It is very playful and I offer many techniques and ways of connecting material. One thing that I have achieved is bringing people past their self consciousness and therefore surprising themselves.
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)


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