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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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