Jason Sharp (ca)

Sunday 7 April 19:00 - 19:40 AB BOX

Boomkat: ‘One of Canada's most fascinating New Music composers in recent years.’

Composer, bass saxophonist and improv-musician Jason Sharp originally hails from the jazz- and improv-scene in Montreal. He very quickly became a part of the circles around Godspeed You! Black Emperor and the famous Constellation label. So, it’s no wonder then that he plays on albums by Constellation-acts like Matana Roberts and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. His music reminds one of label-mate Colin Stetson with whom he shares his circular breathing technique.

On his latest album ‘Stand Above the Streams’, Jason Sharp further explores the circular breathing technique that he combines with controlled feedback and his ‘customized heart monitor’. This monitor links his heartbeat to analogue drums and synths that are triggered by it. The result is ‘… utterly gripping, with melodic and micro-tonal elements flowing amidst waves of atmospheric pink and brown noise, low-end modulation and calibrated distortion.’