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Elliott Sharp: Doing the don't

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Elliott Sharp: Doing the don't


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Performer and multi-instrumentalist, Elliott Sharp has pursued his unique and challenging artistic vision with a passion of rare intensity. Interviewed in his studio, he provides fascinating insights into the exotic roots of his unique musical language.Includes 80 minutes of original performance music tracks.

This film explores how a seventeen-year-old developed from a National Science Foundation award-winning “science geek” to an internationally acclaimed musician and composer.

“Slabs, Plantars, Violinoids”, traces the development of his early hand-made  instruments, developed to create the uniquely special sounds he sought for his music.See rare archival footage of Sharp performing at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1987 with his orchestra, playing his remarkable double-neck guitar.In New York, he conducts Orchestra Carbon performing “Quarks Swim Free”, inspired by the moment just after the Big Bang.An acclaimed guitar soloist, saxophonist, and bass clarinetist, watch Sharp in recording studios as he directs both the renowned Sirius String Quartet and his acclaimed blues band “Terraplane”.

In Beijing, he performs and improvises at a rock music club with Chinese classical musicians.
Hear artists and writers speak about this remarkable musician and his influences.

Additional features: In “Sharp on Sharp”, an interview with Frank J. Oteri, he talks frankly about the music industry, and the widespread influence of music.

Filmed in
Italy at the Venice Biennale of 2007, Elliott Sharp conducts the premiere performance of his specially commissioned opera “Em/Pyre”.










During a long career as a publisher of educational materials, I became interested in documentary video making. To this end, in 1995 I decided on a career change. Finally in 1997 I began to work full-time at acquiring the technical skills necessary for effective camera work and non-linear editing. In the absorbing process during these years I have found the work very exciting, sometimes frustrating, never boring. At the same time I found some similarities with my publishing experiences which have been helpful, such as concept development and finding ones own ‘voice’ during the production process. Whilst admiring the production skills in managing a large-scale film, and in spite of the obvious limitations, I have taken particular pleasure in working alone. To date I have completed 14 films.

“You’re going to hear something that you’ve never heard and whether you like it or not, it’s going to inspire you somehow.” Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Composer and conductor


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