Paris Hurley is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, dancer, choreographer, teacher, and facilitator based in Los Angeles. A classically trained violinist of 31 years turned punk vocalist, her work is raw, loud, defiant, and refined, ranging from large scale dance theater collaborations, rock shows, string quartet + orchestral playing, gallery installations, and performances for incarcerated youth.
She is the creator, Artistic Director, and front woman of OBJECT AS SUBJECT, a feminist art punk band fueled by raw keening vocals, a barrage of floor toms, gritty bass riffs, and exacting choreography that shifts from explicit gestural iterations to relentless phrases of wild abandon. Their 2018 video, REMOVAL, was featured on Paper Mag and released alongside debut album, PERMISSION, available on all platforms.
Paris is the creator + facilitator of BAND PRACTICE — a weekly class guiding folx to their voices + bodies utilizing foundational practices + repertoire from OBJECT AS SUBJECT — and offers one on one CREATIVE MIDWIFERY sessions guiding humxns through each season of the creative cycle.
From 2008-2016, Paris composed, recorded, and toured as a violinist with Seattle-based Balkan punk metal legends, Kultur Shock, performing hundreds of shows for ravenous audiences in tiny punk squats to 100,000 seater festivals in more than a hundred cities throughout Europe. With her powerhouse sound, commanding performances, and outspoken presence, Paris contributed to a steadily growing conversation about feminism within the Balkans, inspiring many in the region to take on their own research, identification, and involvement in the movement.
For over a decade, Paris has collaborated with LA-based composer/arranger/producer/multi-instrumentalist and NY Times hailed, "pop polymath," Jherek Bischoff, and Seattle-based, experimental dance theater collective, Degenerate Art Ensemble. This work has taken her into the studio and onto the stage in clubs, concert halls, and venues throughout the west coast, and Germany, with special appearances at On the Boards (Seattle), the REDCAT (LA), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), Merkin Concert Hall (NY), and TED (Vancouver, BC) with folks such as David Byrne, Amanda Palmer, Angel Olsen, SoKo, Mirah, and former Vice President Al Gore.
As a director, Paris’ dance theater work was presented in Seattle from 2009-2016 at On the Boards, CityArts Fest, the Henry Art Gallery, the Northwest Film Forum, Velocity Dance Center, Seattle Center, Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery, Project: Space Available, and the James Washington Foundation.
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