Elliott Sharp

Subject of Study: Composition, Electronic Music, Electric Guitar

About Elliott Sharp

Elliott Sharp, composer and multi-instrumentalist, leads the ensemble projects SysOrk, Orchestra Carbon, Terraplane, and Tectonics and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetics to musical composition and interaction.

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New Music Project

Composition, Electronic Music, Electric Guitar

Elliott Sharp, composer and multi-instrumentalist, leads the ensemble projects SysOrk, Orchestra Carbon, Terraplane, and Tectonics and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetics to musical composition and interaction.

Sharp’s opera Port Bou received its world premiere in October 2014 at Issue Project Room in NYC and its European premiere at Berlin Konzerthaus in 2015. His suite Tribute:MLK Berlin ’64 opened the 2014 Berlin Jazz Festival. Sharp’s composition Storm Of the Eye appears on violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn’s 2014 Grammy-winning album In 27 Pieces. His composition Turing Test for the Neue Vocalsölisten Stuttgart premiered at the Venice Biennale October 2012. Also in 2012, Oneirika for the ensemble Zeitkratzer premiered at MaerzMusik Berlin and Persistence of Vision for the Sonic Visions Orchestra (conducted by Sharp) premiered at Sonic Visions Festival Reutlingen. He was commissioned by Issue Project Room to create Occam’s Razor for double string-quartet for his birthday marathon E# @ 60 in 2011. In 2010, Sharp directed, wrote, and composed About Us, a science-fiction opera for all-teenage performers at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. In 2009, his music-theater work Binibon premiered at The Kitchen. He has been featured at New Music Stockholm, Donaueschingen Festival, Darmstadt Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik, Tomorrow Festival-Shenzhen, and Au Printemps. Sharp’s work is the subject of a recent documentary film Doing The Don’t by Bert Shapiro and he has been featured on National Public Radio “All Things Considered”.

Sharp was awarded the Berlin Prize for Music Composition for a 2015 fellowship; a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014; a fellowship from the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons School of Design in 2014; the Preis der Deutscher Schallplatten Kritiks Jahrespreis in 2015 for Terraplane:4AM Always, in 2008 for the solo CD Concert In Dachau and in 2004 for the orchestral CD Racing Hearts, Tessalation Row, Calling; and in 2003, a Fellowship from the Foundation For Contemporary and Performance Art.

His many collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Ensemble Resonanz; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; jazz greats Jack deJohnette and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jahjouka.

Audio installations by Sharp include Fluvial, a computerized multi-channel audiowork; Chromatine, an interactive string sculpture, and Tag, an interactive audiowork. His electroacoustic work Cryptid Fragments was included in the Bitstreams show at the Whitney Museum, 2001. 

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