"For those who take pleasure in discerning intent amid seeming chaos (and that includes most free improv fans, right?)" John Sharpe (New York City Jazz Record)
"This is a strong date by three gifted improvisers who are at the top of their game." Bruce Lee Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery)
Elliott Sharp is one of American music’s lesser-known geniuses. A true multi-instrumentalist and composer who works both within and at the fringes of New York City’s avant-jazz, experimental rock, and contemporary classical music scenes. Over the last 30 years Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction. His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.
Álvaro Domene is a Madrid-born, New York based guitarist and composer operating at the convergence of various styles of contemporary creative music. His sound and compositions are influenced by the avant-garde jazz and modern classical traditions, as well as metal music. Having recently studied composition with Sharp, Domene forged his plan to record an album with his admired teacher along with long-time friend and collaborator, Australian drummer/percussionist Mike Caratti (dMu, Death Drag).
"Expressed By The Circumference" is a playful excursion to the outer limits of musical mayhem. From the delicately poised title track, whose suggestive theme lingers loosely before dissipating into a pit of reverberated glitch and cascading bleeps, to the downright zany avant-blues that is Toad Style Blues, to the statically ominous and aptly titled Nebulous Green, the album is a kaleidoscope of electronica, heavy guitar driven avant-rock, ambient soundscapes and contemporary jazz.
released April 18, 2019
Elliott Sharp: electro-acoustic bass clarinet, electric guitar, and electronics
Álvaro Domene: seven string electric guitar and electronics
Mike Caratti: drums and percussion
All music composed by Sharp (zOaR Music BMI), Domene (Dometone Music BMI) and Caratti, except Track 1 (Caratti) and Tracks 3 and 6 (Domene)
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, Queens NY, in January 2019.
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So happy to see a new album from this band. I've long been a fan of Mazurek and Parker's work in Tortoise, on top of the CUQ... Anyhow, if you're curious about contemporary jazz, this is a terrific place to start.