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 has been presented in collaboration with multiple 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; 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 frequencies from specialized overtone emitting instruments is carefully orchestrated to assist in the shifting of energy and disharmony in the body.
Through her work in Integrative Thanatology, Michelle’s training and certification in death education enables her to offer therapeutic Sound Meditation bedside for those facing end-of-life transition, actively dying and those at the threshold of crossing over.
Scientific studies have proven that one’s ability to hear continues for as long as 15 minutes post-death. Working with frequencies during this time of transition allows for the energetics of the physical and astral planes to mesh.
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.
As a musician performing solo concerts, ceremonies and memorial services, Michelle has cultivated specific vocal repertoire from The Great American Songbook, jazz standards and pop music -reflecting the narrative at hand. She accompanies herself instrumentally utilizing the 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-religious, yet sacred way.
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
- 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, Summer Certificate Program with David Gibson, Randy Masters, Silvina Vergara. 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. Summer Immersion Jazz Workshop. 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. With an Interdisciplinary degree focusing on World Theatre, Comparative Literature and Music Performance, she was afforded the opportunity to study abroad in London, Prague, Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Japan. The topic of 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 totalitarianism in both post-war Europe and Asia and during South African apartheid. 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 has recorded as a jazz vocalist for the late Tin Pan Alley composer, Bernard Bierman; and performed 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; 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.