On Wednesday February 27, the Music Department at Bard College is pleased to present a lecture and workshop with renowned composer-improviser and multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp '74:
Elliott Sharp will speak about his work as part of Marina Rosenfeld’s Electronic and Computer Music Composition Seminar.
Sharp will lead a workshop in improvisational techniques in Blum Hall as part of "Improvisation: Theory and Practice”.
Both events are free and open to the Bard Community.Elliott Sharp
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 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 Ferienkürse 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.