Monday, September 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM - at Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleecker St., NY NY 10012
Elliott Sharp will present a solo concert of compositions and improvisations on acoustic guitar and bass clarinet.
Elliott Sharp is a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, author, and artist who leads the projects Orchestra Carbon, SysOrk, Tectonics and Terraplane. His musical innovations have encompassed fractal geometry, chaos theory, algorithms, and genetic metaphors, as well as new strategies for graphic notation to yield work that catalyzes a synesthetic approach to music-making as well as functioning as retinal art.
In 2015, Sharp was awarded both the Berlin Prize in Music and the Jahrespreis from der Deutscher Schallplatten Kritiks. In 2014 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fellowship from the Center for Transformative Media. Sharp’s work has been presented in the Darmstadt, Witten, Donaueschingen and Huddersfield festivals; North Sea, Willisau, and Saalfelden Jazz Festivals; New Music Stockholm; Au Printemps-Paris; Hessischer Rundfunk Klangbiennale; Tomorrow Festival Shenzhen, and the Venice Biennale. He is the subject of the documentary Doing The Don’t and has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Sharp’s memoir IrRational Music has just been published by TerraNova Press. His sound Installations include Chorale, Foliage, Fluvial, Chromatine, Distressed Vivaldi, and Tag and exhibitions of visual art include Foliage, Sylva Sylvarum, and Syzygy.
Sharp’s composition Storm of the Eye, composed for violinist Hilary Hahn, appeared on her Grammy-winning album In 27 Pieces. His most recent opera Filiseti Mekidesi premiered at the Ruhr Triennale in 2018 and his Walter Benjamin opera Port Bou premiered in NYC at issue Project Room in 2014. Sharp’s collaborators have included Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; actor Steve Buscemi; poets Tracie Morris, Edwin Torres, and Allen Ginsberg; pianist Cecil Taylor; Radiosinfonie Frankfurt; Ensemble Modern; pop singer Debbie Harry; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; jazz greats Jack Dejohnette and Sonny Sharrock; media artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.
Visual Art Exhibitions:
Video: Solo performance at NYC Free Jazz Summit / Arts for Art - March 26 2016
Video:Venus & Jupiter , commissioned by the Either/Or ensemble in 2012 and premiered by them at The Kitchen, NYC.
Video: Binibon excerpts from performances at The Kitchen, NYC, May 2009.
Video: Roulette TV Interview and solo performance from 2000
Solo Sharp performance in a Slovenian cave in 1998 - an excerpt from the Michael Benson film More Places Forever
Solo Sharp performance excerpt on Koll 8-string guitarbass from 2013 at the Constellation, Chicago, Illinois.
Doing The Don’t documentary on Sharp by Bert Shapiro.