Latest from Sxip
The new album is out and already receiving great reviews! Get your copy of "Sombule" now on CD Baby--and see below for the great review they gave me.
"Drawing from his finesse and facility as a "real-life circus composer," Sxip Shirey's imagination for sounds, sound combinations and textural color -- ranging from experimental and far-out electronically-enriched nuggets to slow and heavy gypsy folk songs to eccentric Wurlitzer organ pieces to the odd country folk song -- makes him one of the most curious combinations of composer-sound designer-performer meets storyteller-curator. As dramatically different as his stylistic signatures may be, and while the album may seem to have multiple personalites, there is a hard-to-define consistent character to it all; a playful, mischievous wink-and-nudge, up-to-no-good theme that ties it all together under one title. Some have called his style a combination of gypsy, tango, klezmer and punk and along with that, you could throw in some circus effects and a little tickling psychosis. With all that genius wrapped up into one little package, you've certainly got a peculiarly addictive album here." --CD Baby
Who is Sxip Shirey?
Sxip Shirey is a Composer, Performer, Sound Designer and Story Teller. Sxip Shirey composes music for pyro-technic clowns, circus artists, good theater, contortionists, a choir, and his five-piece gypsy-klezmer-tango-punk ensemble The Luminescent Orchestrii. His solo work is performed on devices such as The Industrial Flute, The Mutant Harmonica and Obnoxiophone. He also tells a good story. More on Sxip.
What is CHARM and Sonic New York?
CHARM is the production company that Sxip started in order to showcase the New York artists that he loves, such as Bora Yoon, Adam Matta, Baby Dee, Scotty The Blue Bunny, The Wiyos, Una, Reggie Watts and many others. Be charmed this way.
What the press says about Sxip
(For full quotes, see the press page)
|...I've heard Sxip crank out gypsy-thrash tunes on his Mutant Harmonicas that would prompt the contents of your bowels to wriggle out of your colon and cut a goddamn rug...|
--Cadmus Onesie, Arts Journal
|...he conjures a world of infernal calliopes and cotton candy machetes wielded by Gypsy crones with angel feet...|
--Silke Tudor, SF Weekly
|...Sxip has the incredible ability to turn the minds of his audience almost entirely inside out...|
--Jeff Stark, Nonsense NYC