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Shelley Hirsch's “And So It Was and Was and WaAAass”at Roulette - 1/23/24 (8pm)

January 23, 2024 at 8:00 PM The celebrated composer and vocal artist/performer Shelley Hirsch returns to Roulette to present her new NYSCA-commissioned work, And So it Was And Was and WaAAassSSssSss: a night of compositions, improvisations, and texts anchored by her automatic writings generated in response to musical experiences. The texts are empathic, provocative, erotic, surreal, and based on both true and imaginary events with themes that contrast in focus, humor, timbre, arrangements, emotion, and personnel. The performance will include Hirsch’s suite of songs called “Sext Tongs,” featuring sample-infused accompaniments — Joanna Mattrey and Cleek Schrey on strings, Alice Cohen on keyboards and voice, Ka Baird on piano, and Lindsey Wilson, Dafna Naphtali, and Luisa Muhr on vocalsilluminating her stream of consciousness writings with synchronized animated video projections of text and images by Scott Kiernan. Lighting consulting by Eric Muzzy. The second part of the evening includes “trance-like” language improvisations and collaborations, with video images, Greek chorus and a featured duet with Ka Baird on flute, voice and electronics.


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