For many years, I’ve been challenged and inspired by the work of Elliott Sharp, who has etched a place as one of America’s most dynamic modern composers. He’s hard to pin down both musically and literally, since he regularly travels the world for performance, recording, commissions, and likely a bit of leisure, too. Some of the artists that he has worked with include Debbie Harry (Blondie), Kronos Quartet, guitarist Vernon Reid, poet Allen Ginsberg, actor Steve Buscemi, violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn, pianist Cecil Taylor, as well as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Hubert Sumlin, Jack DeJohnette, Sonny Sharrock, Christian Marclay, and Bachir Attar.
How does he accomplish so much? Is he really human or is he a superhero of music? So I asked him. Straight up. How does one become Elliott Sharp? What follows is a strange, wonderful journey into the world of a mad musician, composer, instrument builder and closet scientist. This is E# unfettered.