A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer and has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. On May 5th at Roulette, Elliott Sharp and his 31′ Band will perform the “Spectropia Suite” with live video performed by Toni Dove and R. Luke DuBois.
ROULETTE: Tell us as about the work you’ll be doing at Roulette.
ELLIOTT SHARP: Spectropia is a both a single-channel film and an interactive media event ‘scratched’ in real-time by Toni Dove and Luke DuBois. It takes place in England in 2099 and New York in 1931 giving me the opportunity to create music for two different ‘noir’ settings. I composed the score for the film and in this performance, we’ll present the full score expanded with some improvisation together with the film. The music will be performed by The ’31 Band, a colleciton of virtuoso players conversant in all realms of contemporary music including jazz, rock, and the unclassifiable. The ’31 Band includes Anthony Coleman-piano, Briggan Krauss-alto sax, Nate Wooley-trumpet, Art Baron, Deborah Weisz, and Steve Swell-trombones, Dave Hofstra-bass, Don McKenzie-drums. I’ll be playing guitar, saxophones, clarinets, and laptop. We’re extremely fortunate to have the great actress Barbara Sukowa singing the song ‘This Time That Place’ which was recorded by Debbie Harry for the film.
R: What was the last music you listened to?
ES: Glenn Gould performing Bach preludes.
R: What is music?
ES: Sound organized in time and space.
R: Do you consider yourself more a composer or a performer?
R: What is interesting to you about your own work?
ES: I try to keep myself surprised
R: Do you do other things aside from music?
ES: Visual arts, writing, cooking, being a dad