elektronisch geheugen presents:
In his continuous exploration of the borders between composition and improvisation, the New Yorker musician Elliott Sharp has developed varying working models which are based on mathematical principles and which are cyclically repeated in his oeuvre. The music of Tectonics, which bases on Sharp´s very own vocabulary (the density of changing textures, timbre and grooves), melts his individualistic virtuoso style of improvisation with moments of controlled form.
Today, Elliott Sharp is known as one of the most influential musicians in New York's downtown scene. He is composer, instrument builder, theoretician and multi instrumentalist, founding his own studio and label zOaR in 1977. Some of his most important projects are avant-garde ensembles such as Carbon or Tectonics, but also a blues band like Terraplane. Sharp´s compositons have been staged by the Kronos Quartet, the Ensemble Modern, the Soldier String Quartet and the Zeitkratzer Ensemble. His permanent musical partners include cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, turntable player Christian Marclay, harpist Zeena Parkins, saxophonist John Zorn and drummer Bobby Previte, with whom Sharp is touring Europe at present.
Elliott Sharp plays bassclarinet, laptop, guitarbass.