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Sharp, Elliott: Tranzience (New World Records)

Four works from NY multi-reedist, guitarist and electroacoustic composer Elliott Sharp, exemplifying the wide variety of approaches to the manifestation of his core concepts over a period of nearly twenty years, as performed by JACK Quartet, New Thread Quartet, and Either/Or.

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UPC: 093228077824

Label: New World Records
Catalog ID: NW 80778CD
Squidco Product Code: 22222

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Track 1 recorded at the Academy of Arts and Letters, in New york City on December 14th, 2015

Tracks 2 and 3 recorded on September 1st, 2015.

Track 4 recorded live at The kitchen in New York City, on April 27th, 2012.


Elliott Sharp-electroacoustic guitar, composer

Rachel Golub-violin

Jenny Lin-piano

JACK Quartet

New Thread Quartet

Geoffrey Landman-soprano saxophone

Kristen McKeon-soprano saxophone

Erin Rodgers-soprano saxophone

Zach Herchen-soprano saxophone


Stephanie Griffin-viola

Margaret Lancaster-alto flute

Chris McIntyre-trombone

David Shivey-marimba

Alex Waterman-cello

Richard Carrick-piano, conductor

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track listing:

1. Tranzience 28:15

2. Approaching The Arches Of Corti 10:14

3. Homage Leroy Jenkins 9:35

4. Venus & Jupiter 11:45

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"For nearly 40 years, Elliott Sharp (b. 1951) has created a body of work that is exemplary in both its breadth and its depth. Sharp's discography, which numbers more than 300 separate items, includes works for orchestra, string quartet, rock band, blues band, solo guitar, multiple guitars. He is constantly in search of new sounds, processes, ways to create narrative arcs, ways to find music in unexpected places. His work is fed by acoustics, mathematics, philosophy, visual arts, and history. Central sonic concerns are melodies and grooves both micro- and macro-, harmonic saturation, density and texture, the vocalistic, the hyper-real. The goal is psycho-acoustic chemical change. He consistently tries to create structures with the spontaneity and energy of an improvisation.

These four works exemplify the wide variety of approaches to the manifestation of his core concepts over a period of nearly twenty years. They reference influences and philosophies and, in addition, the diversity of their sound-worlds present sonic strategies that are unique to his compositional approach, including personalized extended techniques that extend the range of the instruments beyond notes. All are receiving their premiere recordings, stunningly realized by an array of stalwarts of the contemporary-music scene."-New World Records

Artist Biographies:

"Elliott 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."-Elliott Sharp

-Elliott Sharp website (

"Richard Carrick, a Guggenheim fellow, writes music of spatial depth and robust stasis, characterized by continual development and the evocation of profound human experiences. Described both as "charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness" and "organic and restless" by The New York Times, Carrick's music is influenced by his multicultural background and experiences as well as his commitment to inspire professionals, audiences and youth through composition and live performance.

Carrick is co-founder and co-artistic director of the contemporary music ensemble Either/Or, declared 'first rate' and 'a trustworthy purveyor of fresh sounds' by The New York Times, and winner of the 2015 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. As conductor and pianist, Carrick has worked with many celebrated composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Jonny Greenwood, Chaya Czernowin, Elliott Sharp, George Lewis, Alvin Lucier, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Iancu Dumitrescu and Rebecca Saunders. Carrick conducting E/O's ambitious presentation of John Cage's Party Pieces brought together 125 renowned composers from around the world.

Carrick started as Chair of Composition at Berklee College of Music in September 2016, after living a year in Kigali Rwanda composing and developing teaching programs, including a new arrangement of the Rwandan National Anthem. He has presented masterclasses and lectures throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. Former posts include composition faculty at New York and Columbia Universities, and teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic through which he has mentored hundreds of young composers internationally.

A US citizen born in Paris of French-Algerian and British descent, Carrick received his BA from Columbia University, PhD from the University of California-San Diego with Brian Ferneyhough, and pursued further studies at IRCAM and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. Works distributed by Project Schott New York."

-Richard Carrick Website (

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