A Rupture in the Order of Reality

Shelley Hirsch is a vocalist, improviser, and composer.

Artist Bio

A Rupture in the Order of Reality is a historical collage of Jewish culture. Integrating diverse source material, interactive video, and animated text, the piece is developed with several turntablists and pianist Marina Rosenfeld. Hirsch draws from an immense musical palette for A Rupture in the Order of Reality, from Schoenberg’s Moses Und Aron to the Ramones’ Rockaway Beach; from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas to Bernard Hermann’s music from the film Taxi Driver. Through archival and original video footage, the piece confronts and complicates popular notions of “Jewishness.”

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Shelley Hirsch

New York, NY

Shelley Hirsch is a vocalist, improviser, and composer. Since 1983, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Her evening-length performance works include My Father Piece, For Jerry, and O Little Town of East New York. Hirsch has recorded for over fifteen record labels, including Tellus, Innocence, and Tzadik Records. She has won multiple fellowships from both the NEA and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and received residencies from Harvestworks, the DAAD in Berlin, and others. She is the subject of two short documentaries made for German television and was the lead actress and singer in the award-winning film Wild Sound.