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Elliott Sharp

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Elliott Sharp is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer. A key figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over thirty years, Sharp has released over sixty-five recordings ranging from blues, jazz, and orchestral music to noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction, as well as the use of computers in live improvisation with his Virtual Stance project of the 1980s. He is an inveterate performer, playing mainly guitar, saxophone and bass clarinet

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Live Forever Vol. 1: The President - New York in the '80s

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: This New Generation (1987 CBGB's); Bring Yr Camera (1987 CBGB's); These Hard Times (1987 CBGB's); Andre's Mood (1987 CBGB's); Three Crows (1987 CBGB's); Ride the Wide Streets (1987 CBGB's); I Went to See the Doctor (4-Track Demo); Serious (1988 Studio Outtake); Science Diet (1988 Studio Outtake); Three Crows (Studio Demo); Andre's Mood (Studio Demo); On and On (1982 CBGB's); Flat on Yr Back (1982 CBGB's); Of Thee I Sing (1982 CBGB's); Boy (1982 CBGB's).

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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SNOWPLOW

Label: Ictus Records
Released: 2021

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Article: Album Review

Ayman Fanous / Frances-Marie Uitti: Negoum

Read "Negoum" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The very flexible tone systems of the Middle East and Southern Asia have influenced Western music for decades. From John Coltrane to Jimmy Page and George Harrison, the sounds of those regions have often successfully fused with the disciplined beat of the West. Egyptian-born, New York-based guitarist and bouzouki player Ayman Fanous and American-born, Paris-based cellist ...

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Syzygy

Label: Dodicilune
Released: 2019
Track listing: Syzygy (Studio Version 1); Syzygy (Studio Version 2); Syzygy (Studio Version 3); Syzygy (Studio Version 4); Syzygy (Live Version 1); Syzygy (Live Version 2); Syzygy (Live Version 3); Syzygy (Live Version 4).

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Kumuska

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: NYC; Kumuska; Avdaruv; Koshkel; Sakav; Üyüm; Kamir; Kök; Bala.

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Article: Live Review

Ostrava Days 2019

Read "Ostrava Days 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley


Ostrava Days Various Venues Ostrava Czech Republic August 22-31, 2019 The biennial Ostrava Days festival rolled around again, and there's nothing quite like a once-every-two-years event to make time appear to flow even faster than normal. As a moderne composition festival, it is difficult to accurately ...

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Article: Album Review

Elliott Sharp: Syzygy

Read "Syzygy" reviewed by Don Phipps


Immaculately recorded by Italian label Dodicilune, Elliott Sharp's Syzygy continues Sharp's explorations of spontaneous and improvisatory sound. He and his collaborators offer up studio versions of Syzygy on the first disc and live versions of the material on disc two. As much modern classical as abstract jazz, it is the musical textures and abstractions that give ...

Article: General Articles

Tutto Monk: l'omaggio di Miles Okazaki

Read "Tutto Monk: l'omaggio di Miles Okazaki" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Monk con la chitarra? Perché no. Si era posto la stessa sferica domanda Elliott Sharp pochi anni fa, registrando in solo con l'acustica l'album Sharp? Monk? Sharp! Monk! per l'etichetta Clean Feed. Si trattava di una scelta di cinque brani, elaborati con il criterio della lunga divagazione e riflessione geniale. Inoltre, il discorso era stato affrontato ...


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