3.Oct.2017 – Elliot Sharp on current Compositional Strategies

By | October 8, 2017

WHEN: Tuesday, October 3rd, 10AM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.


Elliot Sharp will present descriptions of strategies that, though diverse, are all linked at the core in a vision just defined as the translation of the creative impulse to its appropriate manifesharpstation. The spectrum of these various outputs includes contemporary opera, compositions as self-organizing systems using algorithmic approaches and based on natural forms and processes; new methods for graphic notation; expanded use of traditional notation for orchestral and chamber works; continuation of the development of personal vocabulary and syntax in improvisational performance; and finally, studies and applications of concepts in socio-acoustics.


Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer.

A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.

His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; 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.

Sharp is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2014 Fellow at Parson’s Center for Transformative Media. He received the 2015 Berlin Prize in Musical Composition from the American Academy in Berlin. He has composed scores for feature films and documentaries; created sound-design for interstitials on The Sundance Channel, MTV and Bravo networks; and has presented numerous sound installations in art galleries and museums. He is the subject of a new documentary “Doing The Don’t” by filmmaker Bert Shapiro.

More, including discography, at wikipedia.

Listen to a recent interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered”.