Elliott Sharp

Elliott Sharp

Thursday 13 June 2019 at 7.30PM
Rymer Auditorium

Elliott Sharp is an American contemporary classical composer, multi-instrumentalist, and performer. A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City since the late 1970s, Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from contemporary classical, avant-garde, free improvisation, jazz, experimental, and orchestral music to noise, no wave, and electronic music. His collaborators include pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; 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. He has cited literature as an inspiration for his music and often favours improvisation. He is an inveterate performer, playing mainly guitar, saxophone and bass clarinet. A short video about his music can be viewed here; his biography is published on MIT Press.

In this concert, he will give a solo guitar performance as well as forming an improvisation quartet with Mark Hanslip, Paul Hession and Federico Reuben. The Assembled, a music department ensemble, will also play a selection of his pieces.

Tickets: £10; concession £8; student £3

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