Shirey tests the edge of music using his vast imagination to create playful and mischievous songs using familiar objects, mutant instruments, electronics and reconfigured sounds.
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A night of surprising sounds, beautiful songs and fantastic compositions, from a world traveling composer Sxip Shirey and his surprising guest artists. Shirey tests the edge of music using his vast imagination to create playful and mischievous songs using familiar objects, mutant instruments, electronics and reconfigured sounds. Shirey is a curious combination of composer-sound designer-performer meets storyteller-curator. Every Sxip’s hour of charm is an explosion of original ideas and energizing music that will have you out of your seat and dancing by the end of the show.
With special Attis Clopton on drums and John Alterie on Sousaphone for the dance-JANK part of the evening!
"eclectic and original" -NPR Fresh Air
“Sxip Shirey works in the places where noise becomes music and does things that make you realize there are no boundaries between noise and music—or not like you imagine.” — Bestselling fiction author Neil Gaiman
“Shirey is the living embodiment of the spirit of John Cage , committed to the tenets that music is play and listening to music is an active endeavor.” -The Classical Voice
About Sxip Shirey
Sxip Shirey is an international composer, producer, sound artist, and sonic pioneer. His compositions, performances and curated evenings “Sxip’s Hour of Charm” established him as a fixture in New York’s underground art scene and internationally. He makes music, sound design and Foley for theater, dance and film. Shirey presented at TED, is a United States Artist Fellow, and has been artist curator and artist in residence at National Sawdust, Brooklyn. He was the composer and music director for the circus arts production “LIMBO”, produced by Melbourne based Strut N Fret Productions House and London based, Underbelly and South Bank Center. “LIMBO“ toured internationally (2013-2019) to critical acclaim, including Sydney Opera House, London’s Southbank Center, the Bogota International Theater Festival, and Madonna’s 57th Birthday Day party. Shirey teaches workshops in "Text and Object Oriented Composition" at Norwegian Theater Academy in Fredrickstad which he considers a contemporary Black Mountain College. His community-inclusive, immersive choral works, "The Gauntlet," developed with Coco Karol, have been created for Rockefeller Center, The Sydney Opera House, Bard College, Friends of the Highline, Cleveland Museum of Art, and virtually in 3D immersive sound for NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center. He is a collaborator of singer, scholar, and song composer, Rhiannon Giddens, and released tracks together that include, “All Babies Must Cry,” “Woman of Constant Sorrow,” and “Just the Two of Us.” Shirey composed for the short Neil Gaiman film "Statuesque" which premiered on Christmas Day on SKY TV, UK. Other compositional highlights include music for choreographer Morgan Thorsen’s “Still Life”, for choreographer Dan Safer’s “The One You Feed” at M.I.T., the Pearl D’Amour production "Ocean Filibuster" which premiered at A.R.T. in Boston, music for Little Amal’s visit with the artist SWOON’s Sibylant Sisters presented by Saint Anne’s Warehouse, and music and Foley for puppeteer Kate Brehm's "The Poacher" at Harvard University. He is currently working on a new 3D sound radio opera with co-composer Paola Prestini based on a play written by Winter Miller, "No One Is Left Behind." And is in pre-production for the film Sibylant Sisters, by the artist SWOON.