SXIP SHIREY is a 2012 United States Artists Simon Fellowship winner. He just returned from London where he recorded “What Dreams May Come” for a project with The English National Opera. Shirey has played exploding circus organ for the pyro-technic clowns of the Daredevil Opera Company at the Sydney Opera House and the Kennedy Center, industrial flutes for acrobats on mechanical jumping boots at The New Victory Theater on Broadway, Appalachian music for gypsies in Transylvania and gypsy music for Appalachians in West Virginia and has had audiences dancing at underground parties in NYC to mutant harmonica for 15 years.
Shirey composed the music for “Statuesque” a short silent film directed by Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods) and staring Bill Nighy, which premiered on Sky TV in the UK. His composition “Melody for Lizzie” was premiered by The Boston Pops. His live accompaniment to 5 George Melies films was part of a celebration of the reopening The Museum of the Moving Image in NYC. The music for his upcoming album “Shadow Land” is a collaboration with Rachelle Garniez and was developed for a program at MoMA. His songs “Brooklyn Bridge Song” from his latest album “Sonic New York” and “Knockin” from a Nonesuch release featuring the Luminescent Orchestrii and Carolina Chocolate from were both featured as NPR’s Song of the Day.