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ELLIOTT SHARP – Avant-Guitar

Solo by Elliott Sharp, plus Syndakit, with
  musicians from University of Miami's FridaMusiq

Elliott Sharp is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and curator central to the experimental music scene in New York City for over thirty years. Critics have hailed Elliott Sharp as one of American music's lesser-known geniuses, a guitarist and composer who works both within and at the fringes of NYC's avant-jazz and experimental rock music scenes.

"Explosively rhythmic power ...one of downtown's most important artists ...one of the scene's most fertile composers" — The New York Times

"A jubilant slam dance on the fault line between order and disorder...acid wit and high spirits, tapping energy from psychedelic rock, free improvisation, hardcore, speed metal, 'out' jazz, and blues." — Guitar Player

Sharp was classically trained in piano from an early age, taking up clarinet and guitar as a teen. He attended Cornell University from 1969 to 1971, studying anthropology, music, and electronics. He completed his B.A. degree at Bard College in 1973, where he studied composition with Benjamin Boretz and Elie Yarden; jazz composition, improvisation, and ethnomusicology with trombonist Roswell Rudd; and physics and electronics with Burton Brody. In 1977 he received an M.A. from the University at Buffalo, where he studied composition with Morton Feldman and Lejaren Hiller, and ethnomusicology with Charles Keil.

From the late '70s, Sharp established himself in New York's music scene. His compositions have been performed by the hr-Sinfonieorchester, the Ensemble Modern, Continuum, the Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, the FLUX Quartet, Zeitkratzer, the Soldier String Quartet, the JACK Quartet, and the Quintet of the Americas. His work has been featured at festivals worldwide, including the 2008 New Music Stockholm festival, the 2007 Hessischer Rundfunk Klangbiennale, and the Venice Biennale 2003 and 2006. He releases music under his own label (zOaR music) as well as punk label SST and downtown music labels such as Knitting Factory records and John Zorn's Tzadik label. Guitar Player magazine's 30th anniversary issue included Sharp among their list of "The Dirty Thirty – Pioneers and Trailblazers".

He has collaborated regularly with many people, including Christian Marclay, Eric Mingus, Zeena Parkins, Vernon Reid, Bobby Previte, Joey Baron, David Torn, Nels Cline, and Frances-Marie Uitti, as well as qawaali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, blues legend Hubert Sumlin, actor/writer Eric Bogosian, jazz greats Jack DeJohnette and Sonny Sharrock, pop singer Debbie Harry, and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians of Jajouka. He was curator of the sound-art exhibition Volume: Bed of Sound for P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in 2001, which featured the works of 54 artists including Vito Acconci, Tod Dockstader, John Duncan, Walter Murch, Muhal Richard Abrams, Laurie Anderson, Chris & Cosey, Survival Research Laboratories, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sonic Youth, and Butch Morris. He also curates the State of the Union CD compilations of one-minute tracks by experimental musicians, and produces records for numerous artists. Sharp describes himself as a lifelong "science geek" having modified and created musical instruments since his teen years, and frequently borrowing terms from science and technology for his compositions.

Sharp is the subject of Bert Shapiro's documentary Elliott Sharp: Doing the Don't, for Pheasant Eye Film. He was a 2009 Master Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in music. In 2003 he was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. In March 2011, Sharp's 60th birthday was celebrated with a weekend of all-star concert events hosted by Brooklyn's ISSUE Project Room.

Read more about Elliott Sharp at elliottsharp.com

Fridamusiq is a Miami-based ensemble of experimental improvisers, drawing on diverse influences from jazz, contemporary concert music, and electronics. The ensemble consists of current students and alumni of the composition program at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Members of the ensemble will assist Elliott Sharp in his composition Syndakit. Read more about Fridamusiq at fridamusiq.com.

Fridamusiq players for Syndakit will be:

  • Matthew Evan Taylor, saxophone/flute
  • Hank Currey, trombone
  • Dan Dickinson, bass
  • Bruce Johnston, guitar/electronics
  • Jeff Kipperman, bass
  • Zeca Lacerda, percussion
  • Lika Pailodze, piano
  • Jackson Parodi, tuba
  • Andrea Silvestrini, french horn
  • Mark Small, tenor saxophone/clarinet
  • Liza Seigido, percussion/electronics
  • Matt J. Taylor, saxophone

Tigertail's 2011/2012 Season is made possible by community partners and supporters including: Aquarius Press; Albion Hotel, Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation; Biscayne Times; Books & Books; Bresaro Suites; The Children's Trust; City of Coral Gables Cultural Arts Program; City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Consulate General of Brazil; Consulate General of the Netherlands; E.S. Moore Family Foundation; Florida Dance Association; Funding Arts Network; The Galler Group; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; John S. & James L. Knight Foundation; JPMorgan Chase; MiamiARTzine.com; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Library; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Miami River Inn; Miami Salon Group; National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, supported by lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the Metlife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust; National Endowment for the Arts; National Performance Network with major funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), Altria, MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation; Pridelines; Publix Super Markets Charities; Safe Schools South Florida; Sain-Orr Royak DeForest Steadman Foundation; The Law Office of Linda M. Smith; Sleepless Night; South Arts; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; The Miami Foundation; VSA Florida; Vortex Communications; WDNA & WLRN FM; Wells Fargo and our many private supporters.


February 25, 2012
8:30 pm


$30 General Admission

$50 VIP ticket (priority entrance and seating)

$15 Students / Seniors (65+) w/ ID / musicians

(Note that this event is in the past)

Miami Dade County Auditorium On-Stage
2901 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL


Miami Dade County Auditorium has a large, free, secure parking lot.
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