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Shireen Amini

 

SHIREEN AMINI is an Oregon-based singer-songwriter who blends pop, rock, latin, and roots music with socially-conscious themes. Imagine Michael Franti meets Gloria Estefan. She has had the honor of opening for Sheila E. and Collin Hay and, with her Latin band ¡Chiringa!, Ozomatli and the Gipsy Kings. In 2019, Shireen became connected to other artist-activists through the worldwide revival of community singing and, in 2020, had the notable opportunity to be a guest song leader for Maggie Wheeler’s (Janice from the sitcom “Friends”) international virtual song gathering, “Together in Song.”

As a queer, second-generation, Puerto Rican-Iranian-American raised in a suburb of San Francisco, Shireen found solace and eventually transformation in songwriting, which inspired her to study Ethnomusicology at UCLA. During a life-changing semester abroad in Perú she learned how to play the Afro-Peruvian cajón, which established percussion and groove as an essential part of her sound. Soon after, she relocated to Central Oregon to live in close community and closer to nature. Here, she came into her own both as a performer and queer person. Shireen has completed a certificate program in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, solidifying her belief in the healing power of music. She recently released a solo album called “Break Myself Free,” a proud proclamation of her queer identity and an invitation into deeper connection with the Earth.

 




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Colorful and Proud: Struggle, Songs, and Triumph 
Shireen tells the story of her struggle growing up as a second-generation Puerto Rican-Iranian-American in a predominantly white and gender / heteronormative culture. She shares earned insights from a lifetime of learning to help students validate and understand the cultural constraints in their own lives. 
Shireen describes how songwriting, integrating music of her cultural heritage, and other powerful forces (i.e. supportive community and nature) became part of her liberation process. She shares relevant songs as examples. 
Shireen discusses the vital role music and the arts play in the greater socio-cultural movements of our time. She encourages students through examples and suggestions to utilize creative expression to share their story, own their identities, honor their authentic values, and influence change in the world. 
Hand Drumming: A Cultural History and Therapeutic Approach
Shireen talks about the African and African-diasporic roots of hand drumming.
Shireen explains how she entered the world of hand drumming as a performer and also how she discovered its personal therapeutic power.
Shireen includes experiential exercises of rhythm (no drums necessary) and offers an approach for students to use hand drumming to de-stress, empower, and improve.
Jamming for Joy: Sounding, Rhythm, and Community Songs for Everyone
Shireen deconstructs notions around music-making descended from the Western European music tradition and offers alternative perspectives and inclusive approaches, especially as represented in Africa and Latin America. 
Shireen offers a framework for music improvisation regardless of musical background to put students directly in touch with their innate musical abilities. Holding strong the belief of music as medicine, Shireen invites students to connect free-form music-making with personal intentions. 
Shireen teaches simple, relevant songs via aural tradition (basically by ear) to invite the group to directly experience their access and belonging to singing. Those who are not comfortable singing in public will be invited to support rhythmically using their bodies and found objects. 





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