As a facilitator of Sound Meditation, I aim to deliver a soothing tonal palette to those that are receiving my sonic offerings. In working with vocals, my instrument of choice are Alchemy singing bowls. The sounds produced by my ensemble of crystal bowls is likened to hearing a delicate harmonic choir, each with variations in tones and pitch.
Vibroacoustics can be utilized for those that are actively dying or in transition. It can also be beneficial for the families during and after the loss of a loved one. My work is done by appointment with patients in private hospice, Palliative Care or in private and group sessions to assist in helping induce a meditative state through the transformative power of music and sound.
For ceremony, such as memorial services and funerals- using only crystal singing bowls as instrumentation with vocals, I have cultivated specific vocal repertoire rooted in jazz standards for performance that is reflective of the narrative of death, loss, transition, bereavement and hope. I wish to honor those that have passed in a non-denominational, yet sacred way.
My work as a Sound Practitioner began as a very personal quest for solace and self-healing while navigating the extreme challenges of my Mother’s decline due to early onset Alzheimer’s disease. In working closely with one who no longer possessed the facility for communicating with recognizable spoken words, I used Sound Meditation instruments as a basis for non-verbal communication – a language clearly understood by the experience of resonating vibration in the body.
In the case of my ailing Mother, her daily state due to the progression of dementia – was often one of agitation or disorientation. The changes witnessed in our time together was an acute awareness, an improved sense of relaxation, positivity and elation. Use of this powerful sonically vibrational language continued through her entire transition until the very end. My Mom passed in my arms with me singing invocations while playing my transcendent singing bowls to her.
I understand the pain and courage it takes for both the afflicted and the families to be present and face physical or mental decline head-on. I believe that all can benefit from Sound Meditation.
I received my certification as an Integrative Thanatology Counselor from The Art of Dying Institute at The New York Open Center. In addition, I received certification as an Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner from The New York Open Center’s Sound and Music Institute. Combining these two tracks, I have developed an innovative blend of utilizing the transformative power of sound for performance in ceremony, as well as at the bedside for those in private hospice or Palliative Care.
ABOUT MICHELLE PIRRET
With over a decade of history having recorded and worked as a jazz vocalist in Manhattan and abroad, Michelle began her formal studies as a Sound Practitioner at The Globe Institute of Sound and Consciousness in San Francisco. She received certification as an Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner from The New York Open Center’s Sound and Music Institute and received her Gong Master certification from the legendary Don Conreaux at Integral Yoga Institute in New York. She is a currently a member of the Young Leadership Council of The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Born and raised in New York, Michelle has lived a multi-faceted life as a performing artist. She grew up a child of the theater having made her earliest stage debut in a stage production of “Noah’s Ark” with James Earl Jones. She trained in classical ballet as a student at Balanchine’s School of American Ballet, and at The San Francisco Ballet School. After an injury sidelined her career aspirations, she worked as an actor in regional and New York theatre, in voice-over and film.
As a jazz vocalist, Michelle was featured on NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio and WBGO Jazz Radio featuring her own music and as a vocalist with various jazz ensembles in venues from New York – to Brazil – to Cuba. She is a union member of The Screen Actor’s Guild; American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; Actors Equity; American Guild of Variety Artists; Local 802 American Federation of Musicians.
Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, Gallatin Division of Individualized Study. With a double major focusing on Music and Comparative Literature, she was afforded the opportunity to study music and theater in London, Prague, Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Japan. Michelle was an M.F.A. degree candidate at Actors Studio Program at The New School under the tutelage of Arthur Penn, Ellen Burstyn and Estelle Parsons.