Elliott Sharp

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

His opera Port Bou just premiered in New York in October 2014 and his composition Storm Of the Eye for violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn premiered in Paris in January 2013; Oneirika for Zeitkratzer was premiered in March 2012 at MaerzMusik – Berlin and Persistence of Vision for orchestra in April at Sonic Visions in Reutlingen. He was commissioned by Issue Project Room to create Occam’s Razor for double string-quartet for his birthday marathon E# @ 60. Sharp directed, wrote, and composed About Us, a science-fiction opera for all-teenage performers commissioned by the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and premiered July 2010. In 2009, his opera Binibon premiered at The Kitchen and he was featured as Lecteur and composer at Ostrava Music Days 2009. He has also been featured at New Music Stockholm 2007, Donaueschingen Festival 2007, the Hessischer Rundfunk Klangbiennale 2007, Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik 2002, and the Venice Biennale in 2003, 2006 and 2012. Sharp’s work is the subject of a recent documentary film Doing The Don’t by Bert Shapiro.

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

His collaborators have included Ensemble Modern; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; JACK String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jahjouka.