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News of Elliott Sharp and Dither in Chalk from Q2

News of Elliott Sharp and Dither in Chalk from Q2
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Elliot Sharp

Dither Guitar Quartet
Q2 tells us, “The ever-provocative guitarist/saxophonist/composer Elliott Sharp teams up with the New York-based Dither guitar quartet to perform at the Whitney Museum on Friday night August 13 at 7pm. They will be performing Christian Marclay’s Chalk Board, a piece that invites museum visitors to write on a giant chalk board and those musical notations/drawings/words/scribbles are then interpreted as a musical score by performers in the gallery.
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Christian Marclay Chalk Board (Greta Hartenstein)

Elliott Sharp has been a fixture of the New York downtown music scene since the 1970s, and has collaborated extensively with the likes of John Zorn and Christian Marclay. His omnivorous music-making has embraced and transformed just about every style that has permeated the performance halls and clubs of the East Village during these many years. Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from blues, jazz, and orchestral music to noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He has cited literature as an inspiration for his music and often favors improvisation. He is an inveterate performer, playing mainly guitar, saxophone and bass clarinet. Sharp has led many ensembles over the years, including the blues-oriented Terraplane and Orchestra Carbon.

Dither has made a name for itself as an adventurous ensemble of performer-composers who live equally well in universities, galleries, clubs and concert halls. You can hear Dither in Eric KM Clark’s exPAT: Deprivation Music No. 4 from a recent Bang on a Can Marathon.

From the Dither web site, “DITHER, a New York based electric guitar quartet, is dedicated to an eclectic mix of experimental repertoire which spans composed music, improvisation, and electronic manipulation. Formed in 2007, the quartet has performed in the United States and abroad, presenting new commissions, original compositions, improvisations, multimedia works, and large guitar ensemble pieces. With sounds ranging from clean pop textures to heavily processed noise, from tight rhythmic unity to cacophonous sound mass, all of Dither’s music wholeheartedly embraces the beautiful, engulfing, and often gloriously loud sound of electric guitars. The quartet’s members are Taylor Levine,David Linaburg, Joshua Lopes, and James Moore. Dither’s recent collaborators include downtown bagpiper Matthew Welch, composers Eve Beglarian and David Lang, and guitarist/composers Bryce Dessner, Nick Didkovsky, Marco Cappelli, Elliott Sharp, and Mark Stewart. In Fall of 2008, the quartet traveled to Hong Kong to premiere an evening-length theatrical work by Samson Young, Hong Kong Explodes! funded by the Hong Kong Council for the Arts. Recent performances in New York include the Performa Biennial, The MATA Festival Interval Series, and the Bang on a Can Marathon, at which they performed a monstrous rendition of Eric km Clark’s exPAT, a Dither commission for hearing-deprived guitar orchestra. Dither’s debut album will be released Henceforth Records in June 2010.

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