Estonian-American vocalist, performer and artist Sirje Aleksandra Viise was educated in visual arts and music in Indiana, NYC, Boston and Berlin. She specialises in extended vocal techniques, contemporary and experimental music performance, performance art, and sculpture. In her solo programs and performances, she questions the character of the female performer and the role of the singer in contemporary society. Much of her work is autobiographical in origin.
Sirje frequently collaborates with composers like Vinko Globokar, Simon Steen-Andersen, Alexander Schubert, Jakob Ullmann, Helmut Oehring, Juliana Hodkinson, Nikolai Worsaæ, Dariusz Przybylski, Timo Kreuser, Paul Frick, Genoël von Lilienstern and Arturas Bumšteinas and has worked with ensembles and artists such as Ensemble Mosaik, Zafraan Ensemble, Figura Ensemble Copenhagen, Johannes Müller/Philine Rinnert, ensemble unitedberlin, RISK, S.A.F.T., Romeo Castellucci, and Pina Bausch/Tanztheater Wupperthal.
Sirje frequently premieres pieces, tours and performs at, amongst others, the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Ultraschall Berlin, Transmediale+CTM, MaerzMusik Berlin, Documenta 14 Athens, Harbin Grand Theater China, Tianjin Grand Theater China, Schaubühne Berlin, Teater Får302 Copenhagen, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, AFEKT New Music Festival Tallinn, Latvian National Opera, Estonian National Opera, Sadler’s Wells Theater London, Konzerthaus Berlin, Carnegie Hall NYC, etc. as a soloist and as a member of vocal ensemble PHØNIX16.
Sirje has received funding for her solo projects by the Danish Arts Foundation and the initiative neue musik. She is a recipient of an Arbeitstipendium by the Kulturverwaltung des Landes Berlin for 2018.
Sirje lives in Berlin.