Performer and multi-instrumentalist, Elliott Sharp has pursued his unique and challenging artistic vision with a passion of rare intensity. Interviewed in his studio, he provides fascinating insights into the exotic roots of his unique musical language.Includes 80 minutes of original performance music tracks. This film explores how a seventeen-year-old developed from a National Science Foundation award-winning “science geek” to an internationally acclaimed musician and composer.
“Slabs, Plantars, Violinoids”, traces the development of his early hand-made instruments, developed to create the uniquely special sounds he sought for his music.See rare archival footage of Sharp performing at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1987 with his orchestra, playing his remarkable double-neck guitar.In New York, he conducts Orchestra Carbon performing “Quarks Swim Free”, inspired by the moment just after the Big Bang.An acclaimed guitar soloist, saxophonist, and bass clarinetist, watch Sharp in recording studios as he directs both the renowned Sirius String Quartet and his acclaimed blues band “Terraplane”.
In Beijing, he performs and improvises at a rock music club with Chinese classical musicians.
Hear artists and writers speak about this remarkable musician and his influences.
Additional features: In “Sharp on Sharp”, an interview with Frank J. Oteri, he talks frankly about the music industry, and the widespread influence of music.
Filmed in Italy at the Venice Biennale of 2007, Elliott Sharp conducts the premiere performance of his specially commissioned opera “Em/Pyre”.