An international Sonic Alchemist based in New York City, Michelle Pirret’s work has been called “Hypnotizing” and “Transformational” by those having received her unique offerings.
Utilizing her four-octave vocal range with vibratory instruments such as Alchemy crystal singing bowls, archaic gongs, and sacred, indigenous percussion, she creates a magnetic blend of elemental sound and cosmic harmony that is a uniquely profound auditory journey to be experienced.
Michelle has presented internationally in solo concerts and Sound Meditation facilitations in Switzerland, Italy, Poland and The Czech Republic. She has captivated audiences and participants with her signature “Sound Journeys” in New York, California, New Mexico and Arizona. Michelle had the distinct honor of being Artist-in-Residence at the luxury destination, The Palms Resort and Spa in Turks and Caicos, British West Indies. She is currently the newest addition, one of four recognized female practitioners comprising the Resident Healers Program at The Four Seasons Hotel NY Downtown. The first of its kind, this program showcases the coveted modalities and talent of leading women in the world of luxury global wellness.
Michelle’s work has been presented in association with numerous non-profit organizations including New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care; The Garrison Institute; The Art of Dying Institute at The New York Open Center; Reimagine NYC; and Project Liberation.
Additionally, with certification in Integrative Thanatology, Michelle maintains a special interest in sonically assisting the Dying, working with energetics in end-of-life transitions. Her work is performed at the bedside for those confined to Hospice and Palliative Care.
Scientific studies have proven that one’s ability to hear continues for as long as 15 minutes post-death. Working with gentle, steady frequencies during this critical time of transition allows the energetics of the physical and astral planes to mesh.
Along with improvisational toning, Michelle has cultivated familiar vocal repertoire from The Great American Songbook, jazz standards and pop music – reflecting the narrative at hand. She accompanies herself instrumentally with the gentle harmonies from Alchemy crystal singing bowls.
Michelle’s work as a Sound Practitioner began as a very personal quest for solace and self-healing while navigating the extreme challenges of her Mother’s decline due to early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
In an effort to communicate with her Mother, who had lost the faculty of recognizable speech, Michelle began incorporating the frequencies of specialized instruments as a basis for non-verbal communication. Together as mother and daughter, they began to create a new language clearly understood by the body’s innate wisdom to interpret applied resonance.
“In developing my Method, my Mom was my greatest student and teacher. Despite the progression of her disease, there were fascinating discoveries I made in my work which cultivated a form of communication with remarkable consistency in the results. Amongst the positive changes I witnessed in her was an acute awareness, an elevated mood and state of relaxation, improved socialization and deeper sleep.
Use of this powerful sonic vibrational language continued through my Mom’s transition until the very end. She passed in my arms with me singing invocations while playing my delicate 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 the power of Sound Meditation.
CERTIFICATION and TRAINING
- The Art of Dying Institute, Integrative Thanatology Counselor Certification at The New York Open Center. New York, NY
- The Integrative Sound and Music Institute, Sound Practitioner Certification with Alexandre Tannous & faculty at The New York Open Center. New York, NY
- Tama Do Academy, Practitioner Training Program. Level 1 Certification, “The Body As A Harp” with Fabien Maman and Terres Unsoeld. Fafleralp, Switzerland
- The Globe Institute for Sound and Consciousness, Certificate Program. Summer Intensive with David Gibson & faculty. San Francisco, CA
- Integral Yoga Institute of New York, Gong Master Certification with Don Conreaux. New York, NY
- Tone of Life, Gong Mastery Intensive with Tom Soltron and Abby Delsol. Porabka, Poland
- Yamuna Body Logic School. Level 1 Certification, with Yamuna Zake. New York, NY
- Stanford University, Vocal Program. Jazz Workshop, Summer Immersion. Stanford, CA
ABOUT MICHELLE PIRRET
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 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 as a dancer, she worked as an actor in regional and New York theatre, in voiceover animation and television.
Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her multi-interdisciplinary education focused on Music Performance, Comparative Literature and World Theater, allowing her the opportunity to study abroad in London, Prague, Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Japan. Her undergraduate senior colloquium, a synthesis of her international studies entitled “World Literature, Theatre and Music of the Oppressed: Finding the Light”, focused on artistic freedom and creative expression amidst totalitarian suppression in post-war Europe, Asia, and apartheid-era South Africa. Following graduation, Michelle was awarded a scholarship as an M.F.A. degree candidate at The Actors Studio Program at The New School under the tutelage of Arthur Penn, Ellen Burstyn and Estelle Parsons.
With over a decade of history having recorded and worked as a jazz vocalist in Manhattan and abroad, Michelle was featured on CBS Television, National Public Radio, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and WBGO Jazz Radio. She was a staple with her big band in New York City at the renowned Tavern On The Green “Summertime Swing” series. She worked both as a Producer and recorded as a jazz vocalist for the late Tin Pan Alley composer, Bernard Bierman; performed with The Harold Mabern Quartet, the Valery Ponomarev Group, the Harvey Diamond Trio, and with various percussion ensembles in music festivals from Bahia, Brazil to Havana, Cuba.
She is a union member of The Screen Actor’s Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; Actors Equity; the American Federation of Musicians; and the American Guild of Variety Artists. Michelle is part of the Young Leadership Council of The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City.