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Shirley Anne Hofmann
euphonium, pocket trumpet, accordion,voice, live loops and accessories
Shirley Anne Hofmann posseses the virtuosity , fantasy and competence of a true folk musician and mixes this with her wild avante-garde spirit. Her program “Euphoria” combines wonderful accordion songs and vocal acrobactics with simple melodies on the euphonium, the tuba’s smaller sister. With the help of live sample looping, these melodies can transform themselves, into a complete orchestra.
Although she has a profound respect for all that is folkmusic, for Shirley, nothing is sacred. Her eclectic musical backround enables her to move freely and easily from one musical genre to another. She has performed “La Paloma” to the “Beer Barrel Polka” in a 2,000 seat French-Canadian beer palace in Montreal with Slovenian Oberkrainer musicians. With the wild German avante-garde band “The Blech”, she performed on one of the best known stages in the Tokyo, Japan. She has played at Munich’s famous Oktoberfest and at the international art festival “Dokumenta” in Hannover. She has been on the best selling germanic television entertainment series “Musikantenstadl” and played at the 75th anniversary Gala of the Swiss national circus “Knie”.
Shirley Anne Hofmann uses this contrastive experience to mould together her own unique musical world. Her music let’s you discover the essence of pure melody, harmony, and emotional sincerity; Your inner eye may see things that do not really exist and if they do then only in far-away places. You may find yourself in deepest Siberia watching a russian army brass band pass by when suddenly you realize that all the while, you’ve been dreaming, high up on a Swiss Alp.
Shirley has an impeccable taste for the essential. Be it euphonium or pocket trumpet, bird whistle or megaphone, garden hose or her unique voice, each instrument is meticulously chosen and never superflous. The result is a kind of modern-day, euro-canadian, avant-garde folkore brimming with musicality and humour, which may leave you feeling very very warm, astounded and sometimes even breathless...
“Shirley anne Hofmann ist one of the freshest, most promising phenomenen to appear on the European Avantgarde scene.” Jazzthetik
“Absolutely wild...New folklore for the global village.” Jazzthing
“It is rare to become so deeply immersed while listening to music the for first time “ Die Zeit
“Strange scat and an electrically -charged euphonium hack Bohemian and Swiss roots to avant-garde kindling” Nürnberger Nachrichten
“In her hands, brass horns become the instigators for a fulminating theater piece. Splendid sillyness!!” Zurcher Tagesanzeiger
“Enchanting, unbelievably comical, and musically wonderful” Ruhr Nachrichten
“[Shirley Anne Hofmann ]....definitely one of the highlights of this year’s(2003) Alpentoene(festival)...Urner Wochenblatt
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