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Elliott Sharp


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Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer. A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, free improvisation, no wave, and electronic music. Having played in a number of bands; Hi Sheriffs of Blue, Mofungo, Semantics; and Bootstrappers , he leads the projects Elliott Sharp / Carbon and Elliott Sharp / Orchestra Carbon, Elliott Sharp: Tectonics, and Elliott Sharp’s Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.

To this date Sharp has collaborated with various musicians and composers, including; David Fulton, Andrea Centazzo, Phillip Wilson, Anthony Coleman, Nels Cline, William Hooker, Joey Baron, Scott Fields, Merzbow, Bachir Attar, Soldier String Quartet, Thurston Moore, Frances-Marie Uitti, Bobby Previte, John Duncan, Melvin Gibbs, Charlotte Hug, Thomas Dimuzio, John Zorn, Christian Marclay, Franck Vigroux, Michiyo Yagi, Lucas Niggli, Natsuki Tamura, Vernon Reid, Bruno Chevillon, Lance Carter, Wayne Horvitz; and Reinhold Friedl, among others.

Sharp has composed scores for feature films and documentaries; created sound-design for interstitials on The Sundance Channel, MTV and Bravo networks; and has presented numerous sound installations in art galleries and museums.

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  • Mampato

    Interesting counterpart to John Zorn. Incredibly prodigous output. Love his string quartets. All his music emphasises rhyhtm, which is all but absent in Zorn's output. I wonder how remarkable musician like Sharp, in the days of internet piracy, break even. Grants? Touring? There's no way all these obscure records will make you dough! I remember reading an interview with him in The Wire years ago - his apartment and his bookshelves look swell.

    9 Jan 9:36pm Reply
  • Nochek

    thank you.

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
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  • emaskye

    oh my god

    17 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Universs

    funny ! I am still not top listener with 600 plays!!! I am pretty shure no one is ever close to this quantity

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Jay-Chilli

    One of his pieces ("Otolith" from "The Velocity of Hue") figures prominently in an audio feature on Narrative Medicine and psychiatry on the Elements website: (Huge thanks to Elliott for letting us use his music...)

    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    Great picture.

    8 Jul 2010 Reply
  • mattcunn

    talented mexican

    24 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Universs

    funny ! I am not top listner with 300 plays!!! I am pretty shure no one is far to this quantity

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ISSUEPrjctRoom

    Another awesome artist who's played at ISSUE.

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • malouta you can listen to him now [03:41] with vernon reid. great.

    19 May 2009 Reply


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  • musagi

    go an see him live!

    17 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Grindfucked

    fucking genius.

    30 Jun 2008 Reply
  • PiecesOfQuiet

    I only have the arc 3: cyberpunk album, is his other stuff similar?

    4 Mar 2008 Reply
  • quora

    haha! weird list of similar artists (actually not similar:)

    4 Feb 2008 Reply
  • kaddafee

    замечательно )))

    17 May 2007 Reply

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