The Tunnel Singer is Lee Ellen Shoemaker, a San Francisco-based performance artist. Vocalizing in spaces with long natural reverberation has been her passion since childhood.
A vocal improviser who has been actively performing in the San Francisco area for almost a decade, Shoemaker sings in tunnels, stairwells, parking garages and other resonant spaces, utilizing their natural acoustics and reverb as an extension of her voice. Using no electronics or amplified instruments, the spaces become instruments in themselves, resulting in a tonal content that is at once spiritually charged, introspective and relaxing. What on the surace seems to be utterly simple is hauntingly beautiful and acoustically complex.