INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIES
From New York
OCTOBER 20, 2017
TICKETS - MEMBERS $22, GUESTS $26
DOORS 7 PM - SHOW 8 PM
Elliott Sharp - guitar
Elliott Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and
performer who has been a central figure in the avant-garde and
experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years. He has
released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music
to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the
projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and
has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and
genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.
His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.
Sharp is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2014 Fellow at Parson's Center for Transformative Media. He received the 2015 Berlin Prize in Musical Composition from the American Academy in Berlin. He 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. He is the subject of a new documentary "Doing The Don't" by filmmaker Bert Shapiro.
In January 2005, Sharp launched his series of interpretations of the music of Thelonious Monk, performed on solo acoustic guitar. Released on Clean Feed, "Sharp? Monk? Sharp! Monk!" applies Sharp's unique vocabulary and virtuoso improvisational skills to Monk's classic works in versions that, in the words of All About Jazz "takes the liberty to venture from any semblance of the original or ... frequently returning to Monk's musical and compositional stamps".
This concert will be one of two events at the Yardbird Suite this fall celebrating the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk.