THE BLECH | unscrupulous entertainment [ 1985 - 1996 ]
Shirley Anne Hofmann
[ Vocalist, piano, accordion, trombone, euphonium and susaphone player ]
Shirley Anne Hofmann studied at Mc Gill University in Montreal. Projects with Ripoff Raskolnikov, Fish Shop Girls, Dave Holland, Roscoe Mitchell, Julian Priester. She joint productions and recordings with Mohamed Badawi, Mani Neumeier, Jellyfish Kiss, Nimal, Bratko Bibic, L' Ensemble Raye and others. She released Solo CD´s on her own recordlabel "Label UsineS"
Discography with THE BLECH: Liebeslieder 1992.
She was a member of THE BLECH between 1990 -1993
"Her music lets your inner eye see things that do not really exist ...or, if they do, then only in far-away places." The result is a musical adventure in which she playfully (meta) morphs from one genre to the next ... from the wilds of Canada to a Bohemian brass band with several stops along the way".
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.
Photos by Ladislav