Sxip Shirey tests the edge of music through his imagination for sounds. He builds ecstatic melody and unimaginable sounds with an array of instruments and unconventional objects. This workshop is aimed at artists with an interest to expand their knowledge of composition.

Skill level: intermediate to professional.


Sxip Shirey is a composer/producer and performer based in New York City. He most recently toured internationally with the theater/circus arts production “LIMBO “which was developed between Strut N Fret productions in Australia and Underbelly in London with South Bank Center as a co­-producer. Shirey teaches at the Norwegian Theater Academy in Fredrikstad Norway, which Shirey considers “The Black Mountain College of NOW”. Shirey has been a featured performer at TED. He wrote the music for the short film “Statuesque” written and directed by Neil Gaiman and staring Bill Nighy and most recently lead the band at Madonna’s Birthday Party in the Hamptons. Shirey is a 2011 United States Artist Fellow. His most recent album, entitled “Goodnight Little Machines” expected to be released in 2019.

Coco Karol is a New York based dancer, teacher, and artist. She began her career as a classical dancer with The Boston Ballet, and now makes cross-disciplinary performance works that draw inspiration from many dance and visual art forms including, ballet and butoh. She holds a BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA from Hollins University.