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Shelley Hirsch: O Little Town of East New York (1992)

(p) 1992 Shelley Hirsch. All rights reserved.

Winner of the 1993 PRIX FUTURA, Berlin. Commissioned by NEW AMERICAN RADIO.

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SHELLEY HIRSCH (New York, NY) an accomplished vocalist/ performer/composer whose original compositions, staged musical works, improvisations and collaborations have been presented in concert halls, museums, clubs, galleries, theaters and on television across America and Europe. Hirsch is a three-time artist-in-residence at STEIM (Amsterdam) and at Harvestworks/Studio PASS in New York City, and a recipient of a DAAD fellowship to live and work in Berlin, Germany. Hirsch can be heard on over 25 CDs including "Haiku Lingo", a duo CD/LP with her longtime collaborator, keyboardist David Weinstein. She has created three works for NEW AMERICAN RADIO: #39 (1991), The Vidzer Family (1991), and O Little Town of East New York (1992), which won a First Prize in the Åke Blomstroem competition at the prestigious international radio and TV competition, PRIX FUTURA, Berlin, 1993. Hirsch will create a new work, Jerry, for NEW AMERICAN RADIO's Fall 1996 edition.

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#39 (8:13) (1991)

A text by Angela Carter sung and spoken by Hirsch in an intricately composed environment of multilayered vocals and electronically processed sound effectsdesigned to evoke the jungle environment of Carter's text. . . With keyboards played by David Weinstein.

A co-commission of Harvestworks, Inc., the Wexner Center for the Arts, and NEW AMERICAN RADIO

The Vidzer Family (1991)

A portrait of a family with roots in Russia, who traveled to South America and ended up in Brooklyn's East New York in the1960s. The work includes interview materials that are intricately interwoven into a poetic performance text and embedded in a richly textured sound score of singing, vocalization and synthesizer music created by Hirsch with keyboards played by David Weinstein.