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Elliott Sharp: Foliage

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 21 April 2014

New York composer and guitarist Elliott Sharp appears in a rare UK performance, playing his piece Foliage at the Vortex in London.

A key component in the downtown experimental scene for over 30 years, Sharp has spanned orchestral music and techno, no wave rock and film scores. For Foliage however, it's a complex relationship with graphic scores and visuals that lies at the heart of the music. Using graphic software, the composer manipulates traditional musical notation and images by means of filtering, stretching and layering - paralleling similar methods that can be used to affect sounds in a studio. These graphics are then interpreted by improvising musicians - in this concert, Sharp is joined by players from the UK scene, including Percy Pursglove (trumpet), Jeremy Price (trombone), Liam Noble (piano), Riaan Vosloo (bass) and Andrew Bain (drums).

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe.

Music Played

8 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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      Composer: Simon Roth

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  • Elliott Sharp in concert at the Vortex, London on 4 April 2014

    • Line up: Elliott Sharp (electric guitar)

    • Image for Elliott Sharp

      Elliott Sharp Phosphenes

      Composer: Elliott Sharp

  • Ivan Hewett join Jez in the studio and interviews Elliott Sharp

  • Elliot Sharp Ensemble in concert at the Vortex, London on 4 April 2014

    • Line up: Elliott Sharp (electric guitar); Percy Pursglove (trumpet); Jeremy Price (trombone);

    • Alex Woods (tenor saxophone); Riaan Vosloo (double bass); Liam Noble (piano); Andrew Bain (drums)

      See the video clip above to hear the full concert alongside the graphic score used for this piece

    • Image for Elliott Sharp Ensemble

      Elliott Sharp Ensemble Foliage

      Composer: Elliott Sharp

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      Elliot Galvin Trio Blues

      Composer: Elliot Galvin

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  • Elliott Sharp Ensemble at the Vortex

    Elliott Sharp at the Vortex
    Photo by Fabio 
    Lugaro (@fabiolug) © 2014 
    See more on Flickr here.
  • Elliott Sharp with the graphic score for Foliage

    Elliott Sharp at the Vortex
    Photo by Fabio 
    Lugaro (@fabiolug) © 2014 
    See more on Flickr here.
  • Elliott Sharp

    Elliott Sharp
    Photo by Ben Knabe © 2014


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