I've known and admired Paris' work for a number of years now - she's one of the most natural and commanding violinists I know. I think about her physically and emotionally integrated approach to music and the violin often when I'm practicing or teaching. She is also a fascinating dancer/choreographer/performance artist whose work, in part, explores and exposes issues of shame around the female body. In our opera, Paris will dancing the role of Ishtar. Her exploration of interior emotional landscapes is haunting and powerful.
Paris' insights into the human psyche are keen. One of the many things that impresses me about Paris is her devotion to engaging her audience in the experiences she's depicting, whether through dance, music or art. She isn't content to have the public being merely observers. I am incredibly honored to be working with her on this project. She brings a profound focus to the exploration of her character.
From Paris' website:
paris hurley is an experimental performance artist working to externalize the internal through sound, movement, and the transformation of spaces. a violinist of 23 years, she thrives in a wide-array of roles – composing, performing, recording, producing, dancing, and creating with a long list of seattle’s most influential artists.
seamlessly morphing between styles and genres, paris has come to be known for her chameleon-like abilities, exquisitely manipulating her strong classical roots to embody and push the boundaries of many traditions from around the world including balkan, javanese, brazillian, argentinian, noise, jazz, fiddle, rock, and pop, to name a few.
while finishing her degree at cornish college of the arts, paris became a core member of the hyper-experimental performance group, degenerate art ensemble. for over two years she worked closely with the collective, collaboratively creating multimedia works that ranged from explosive rock club sets to large-scale dance/theater productions, most notably performing at the moore theatre (seattle), the REDCAT (L.A.), and the TFF festival (germany).
in summer 2008, she joined the ranks of art-rock-gypsy-metal-punk band, kultur shock – since performing on the 2009 release, integration, and co-writing / co-producing / performing on the 2011 release, ministry of kultur. fall 2011 marked her 7th european tour with the group – nearly 200 shows in over 50 cities spanning 30 countries in venues ranging from tiny punk clubs to 100,000 seater festivals including sziget (budapest), stufstock (romania), exit (serbia), the creation of peace festival (russia), sayan ring (siberia), and earth festival (greece).
an avid experimenter and improviser, paris is at home in a multitude of environments, appearing on more than 50 recordings since her carnegie hall debut at age 15. from orchestras and experimental chamber ensembles to rock bands, her fertile list of collaborations includes music for dance, film, theater, and multimedia installations in venues ranging from concert halls, rock clubs, and warehouses to parks, theaters, and prisons.
taking an anthropological approach, paris works to amplify the collective/shared human experience through examining, exploring, and sharing her individual experience. in fall 2009, her piece, BRIDGING WOUNDS: staying the course of uncertainty, was presented as the inaugural performance of the northwest film forum’s live at the film forum series. in 2012, she will share the stage with legendary vocalist, david byrne, as concertmaster of the jherek bischoff orchestra in new york. her latest project, ON EMBODIMENT, features a series of commissioned solos choreographed specifically for paris by 7 of seattle’s most exciting movement artists.
paris was awarded a 2-month residency at PROJECT: space available (january/february 2012), a leaf season residency at studio current (october 2011-july 2012), and will be the first music/dance artist in-residence at the james washington foundation (april 2012), all in seattle.