About

ABOUT

An international Sonic Alchemist based in New York City, Michelle Pirret’s work has been called “Hypnotizing” and “Transformational”.

She has presented across the globe in solo concerts and Sound Meditation facilitations in New York, California, New Mexico and Arizona. In Europe, her work has taken her to Switzerland, Italy, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Michelle had the distinct honor of being Artist-in-Residence at the highly acclaimed luxury destination, The Palms Resort and Spa in Turks and Caicos, British West Indies.

Michelle’s work as a solo musician and Sound Practitioner was presented in collaboration with several non-profit organizations including New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care; The Garrison Institute; The New York Open Center (The Art of Dying Institute);  Reimagine NYC; Young Orpheus; and Project Liberation.

Utilizing her four-octave vocal range with vibratory instruments such as Alchemy crystal singing bowls, archaic gongs, and sacred indigenous percussion – her magnetic blend of elemental sound and cosmic harmony is a uniquely profound auditory journey that is to be experienced.

Her methodology – the skillful layering of live acoustic instrumental tones and frequencies, is carefully orchestrated to assist in the shifting of energy and disharmony in the body. 

Through her work in Integrative Thanatology, Michelle offers Sound Meditation bedside for those that are actively dying or facing end-of-life transition. Grieving families and individuals can also benefit from receiving Sound Meditation during and after the loss of a loved one. Work is done by appointment with patients in hospice, Palliative Care or in private sessions.

For solo vocal concerts, ceremonies and memorial services, Michelle has cultivated specific vocal repertoire rooted in jazz and pop standards -reflective of the narrative of the situation. She accompanies herself instrumentally with the meditative harmonies of Alchemy crystal singing bowls.

Whether the occasion is the celebration of love or marking the passing of a life, her musical offerings honor each situation in a non-denominational, yet sacred way.

INSPIRATION

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 working closely with someone who no longer possesses the facility for communicating with recognizable words, Michelle uses Sound Meditation instruments as a basis for non-verbal communication. This is a language clearly understood by the sensation 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 sessions together were an acute awareness, an improved sense of relaxation, positivity and elation.

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 and 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 the power of Sound Meditation.”

CERTIFICATION and TRAINING

  • Integrative Thanatology Counselor Certification, The Art of Dying Institute at The New York Open Center, NYC
  • Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner Certification with Alexandre Tannous. The Sound and Music Institute at The New York Open Center, NYC
  • Tama Do Academy. Level 1 Certification, “The Body As A Harp” with Fabien Maman and Terres Unsoeld. Fafleralp, Switzerland
  • Gong Master Certification with Don Conreaux, Integral Yoga Institute of New York
  • Summer Certificate Program with David Gibson. The Globe Institute for Sound and Consciousness. San Francisco, CA
  • Yamuna Body Logic School. Level 1 Certification,  with Yamuna Zake. New York, NY
  • Stanford Jazz Institute, Vocal Program. Summer Immersion at Stanford University. 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 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 television.

Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, Gallatin Division of Individualized Study. With a double major focusing on Performance 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.

With over a decade of history having recorded and worked as a jazz vocalist in Manhattan and abroad, Michelle was featured on CBS Television, NPR and Sirius 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 has performed as a vocalist with The Harold Mabern Quartet, the Valery Ponomarev Group 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; and Local 802 American Federation of Musicians. Michelle is part of the Young Leadership Council of The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

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