Elliott Sharp

Elliott Sharp

Elliott Sharp (March 1, 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) began playing the piano at six and performing concerts by age of eight, according to him. Sharp claims that his parents wanted him to be both a concert pianist and a scientist. He gave up piano, first in favor of the clarinet and then the guitar. His interest in science led him to build his own effects boxes for the instrument. He became intrigued with all types of experimental music, from contemporary classical to free jazz and sophisticated rock. Sharp studied anthropology at Cornell University, where he played in a band and took an electronics class with synthesizer inventor Robert Moog. At Bard College he studied with free jazz pioneer Roswell Rudd (future Lounge Lizards John and Evan Lurie were classmates). He went to graduate school in Buffalo, where his academic advisor was Morton Feldman. He moved permanently to New York City in 1979, where he played gigs at various underground performance spaces, including the notorious ~Mudd Club. In the '80s Sharp became a major figure on the downtown New York experimental music scene, collaborating with many of it's most prominent players, including John Zorn, Wayne Horvitz, Bobby Previte, and Butch Morris. Over the years, Sharp has led his own bands more often than not. His music draws upon the wide range of his influences, from Coltrane to Zappa to Xenakis and beyond.

Studio: Studio zOaR
Label: Zoar Records
Publishing company: Zoar Music
In Groups:

Elliott Sharp Discography


ZOAR 01 David Fulton / Elliott Sharp David Fulton / Elliott Sharp - Hara(LP, Album) Zoar Records ZOAR 01 US 1978 Sell This Version
ZOAR 2, 39963 Elliott Sharp Resonance(LP, Album) Zoar Records, Zoar Records ZOAR 2, 39963 US 1979 Sell This Version
ZOAR 03 Elliott Sharp Rhythms And Blues(LP, Album) Zoar Records ZOAR 03 US 1980 Sell This Version
Glasslp 020 Elliott Sharp Nots (Album, Comp) Glass Records (2) Glasslp 020 UK 1982 Sell This Version
zoar 7, 7zOaR Elliott Sharp Ism(LP, Album) Zoar Records, Zoar Records zoar 7, 7zOaR US 1982 Sell This Version
ZOAR 14 Elliott Sharp (T)here(LP, Album) Zoar Records ZOAR 14 US 1983 Sell This Version
ST 3003 Elliott Sharp Carbon (Album) Atonal Records ST 3003 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
ZCS 6 Elliott Sharp Ir/Rational Music 2, Elliott Sharp - Live In Tokyo(Cass, Album) Zoar Records ZCS 6 US 1985 Sell This Version
ST 7515 Elliott Sharp Fractal (Album) Dossier ST 7515 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
ST 7526 Elliott Sharp Virtual Stance(LP, Album) Dossier ST 7526 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
SST CD 128 Elliott Sharp In The Land Of The Yahoos (Album) Dossier SST CD 128 US 1987 Sell This Version
ELP 1003 Elliott Sharp Looppool (Album) Ear-Rational Records ELP 1003 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
none Elliott Sharp Ir/Rational Music 3(Cass, Album) Subvoice none Austria 1988 Sell This Version
EMCD 114 Bachir Attar With Elliott Sharp Bachir Attar With Elliott Sharp - In New York (Album) Enemy Records EMCD 114 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
NPD 85504 Elliott Sharp K!L!A!V!(CD, Album) Newport Classic NPD 85504 US 1990 Sell This Version
ECD 1040 Elliott Sharp Westwerk(CD) Ear-Rational Records ECD 1040 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
SR9220 Elliott Sharp Beneath The Valley Of The Ultra-Yahoos(CD) Sulphur Records (2) SR9220 US 1992 Sell This Version
KFW 151 William Hooker, Thurston Moore, Elliott Sharp William Hooker, Thurston Moore, Elliott Sharp - Shamballa (Duets With Thurston Moore And Elliott Sharp) (Album) Knitting Factory Works KFW 151 US 1994 Sell This Version
HMS 215 Elliott Sharp Terraplane(CD, Album) Homestead Records HMS 215 UK 1994 Sell This Version
Intakt CD 036 Elliott Sharp + Various Elliott Sharp + Various - 'Dyners Club(CD, Album) Intakt Records Intakt CD 036 Switzerland 1994 Sell This Version
VICTO cd 026 Elliott Sharp / Zeena Parkins Elliott Sharp / Zeena Parkins - Psycho-Acoustic(CD, Album) Les Disques Victo VICTO cd 026 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
CSR 18 Boodlers - Elliott Sharp, Fred Chalenor, Henry Franzoni Boodlers - Elliott Sharp, Fred Chalenor, Henry Franzoni - Boodlers(CD, Album) Cavity Search CSR 18 US 1995 Sell This Version
GMCD-016 Optical-8*, Melt Banana*, Elliot Sharp* , and Zeena Parkins Optical-8*, Melt Banana*, Elliot Sharp* , and Zeena Parkins - Chipfarm(CD) God Mountain GMCD-016 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
21 0185-2 Půlnoc with Elliott Sharp and Gary Lucas Půlnoc with Elliott Sharp and Gary Lucas - Live In New York (Album) Globus International 21 0185-2 Czech Republic 1996 Sell This Version
TZ 7016 Elliott Sharp Xenocodex(CD, Album) Tzadik TZ 7016 US 1996 Sell This Version