Brooklyn-born composer and vocalist of extraordinary range, Shelley Hirsch creates multidisciplinary performances in which the universal and the personal, the sublime and the mundane, and humor and pathos collide. Mining the realms of memory, story and improvisation to create new worlds in sound, A Rupture in the Order of Reality is a collage of autobiographical tales, sonic images, stream of consciousness journeys, and spontaneous improvisations, with virtual guest musicians on keyboard, laptop and turntables.

Praised as the “woman of 1000 voices” by The New York Times, Hirsch was intrigued at an early age by the sounds, conversations, and music that drifted through her neighborhood. She left her home at age seventeen to pursue a career as an interdisciplinary artist and has since toured widely, performing on five continents, in hundreds of concerts, on dozens of CDs, and in her own compositions, radio plays, and staged pieces, which include My Father Piece (2000), States (1997), and For Jerry (1998). In 2002, Hirsch collaborated with sculptor Jim Hodges on an exhibition in PICA’s gallery entitled All the Way with Jim and Shel.