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Elliott Sharp: Foliage

Jez Nelson presents a concert in which New York composer and guitarist Elliott Sharp performs his piece Foliage at the Vortex jazz club in London with a specially selected UK band.

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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 21 Apr 2014 23:00

Music Played

  • Music from the BBC Introducing Uploader

    • Simon Roth's Stories

      Fight Or Flight

      Composer: Simon Roth

      • Stories – EP.
      • Self-Release.
  • Elliott Sharp in concert at the Vortex, London on 4 April 2014

    • Line up: Elliott Sharp (electric guitar)

    • 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

    • Elliott Sharp Ensemble

      Foliage

      Composer: Elliott Sharp

  • Elliot Galvin Preview

    • Elliot Galvin Trio

      Blues

      Composer: Elliot Galvin

      • Dreamland.
      • Chaos Collective.

Elliott Sharp Ensemble at the Vortex

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

Elliott Sharp with the graphic score for Foliage

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

Elliott Sharp

Elliott Sharp
Photo by Ben Knabe © 2014

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