Paris Hurley is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, dancer, and choreographer based in Los Angeles. A classically trained violinist of 28 years turned punk singer, 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.
Her latest project, OBJECT AS SUBJECT, is a 4-piece feminist rock band featuring wailing vocals, a barrage of drums, gritty bass riffs, and contemporary dance that converges in the space between Gaga vocabulary, tap traditions + 80’s work out videos. This punk ritual tackles topics of misogyny, whiteness, Catholicism, westward expansion, perfection, liberation, and acquisition through a queer lens.
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, 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.