The French Connection + Elliott Sharp’s Tectonics + White Box

June 24th, 2010, 8:00 PM @ WHITE BOX

A freeform meeting between two French musicians and two New York musicians spanning the spectrum between improvised and composed, noisy and tranquil, loud and soft, formal and irrational, acoustic and electronic.

In addition, Sharp will perform music from his new solo Tectonics CD “Abstraction Distraction” on the French label Autres Cordes. This is the latest installment of his continuing exploration of jungle, dub step, free jazz, and psychedelica in his Tectonics series which began in 1992 with the eponymous Tectonics and continued with Field & Stream and Errata.
Elliott Sharp is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer and central figure in the avant-garde music scene in New York City for over thirty years. 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 Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Radio-Symphony of Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry, computer artist Perry Hoberman; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Sonny Sharrock, Oliver Lake, and Billy Hart; turntable innovator Christian Marclay; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jahjouka from Morocco. Sharp¹s work was featured in the 2008 New Music Stockholm festival with the premiere of ³Sidebands² and at the Hessischer Rundfunk Klangbiennale in May 2007 with the premiere of his orchestral work ³On Corlear¹s Hook². He is now woorking on a commissioned opera for the Bavarian Opera in Munich. The documentary film about Sharp¹s work by Bert Shapiro, ³Doing The Don¹t², has just been released on DVD and screened at international film festivals.

Franck Vigroux works in the fields of electronic music, new media, composition and improvisation. He leads many bands and projects such as Push the triangle, Supersonic Riverside Blues. He has played or recorded with musicians such as Bruno Chevillon, Elliott Sharp, Marc Ducret, Ben Miller, Helene Breschand, Joey Baron, Michel Blanc, Stephane Payen,Andrea Parkins, Matthew Bourne, Edward Perraud, writer Kenji Siratori, video artists Scorpene Horrible, Philippe Fontes, Mariano Equizzi. In 2009 he won the prize Villa Medicis Hors les Murs for an artist residency in New York. Franck Vigroux is also the founder of d¹Autres Cordes a record label dedicated to aventurous music. He has played in hundreds of festivals and clubs in Europe and Asia, as a guitarist or turntablist and conducted improvisers orchestras worldwide ( Nagoya, Barcelona, Leeds,etcŠ), he has been commissioned by Ars Nova ensemble instrumental and Radio France . He also presents audiovisual installations such as Recolte and O. Recent works for theater ³septembres² by philippe malone, music for films ³the nishiazabu affair² by mariano equizzi, ³dust² 30mn, directed by franck vigroux in 2007, ³recolte² video suite, 2009, by franck vigroux.

Zeena Parkins Multi-instrumentalist, composer, improvisor, well-known as a pioneer of the electric harp she describes her harp as a ³sound machine of limitless capacity². Zeena¹s unique vision is one that seeks to both meld and highlight opposites. She has broken musical boundaries to create a highly personal and stunning body of work. Or, to quote the WDC Period ³Music that makes you hike up your britches and howl like a coyote².

Helene Breschand was born in Paris and became very fascinated by the harp at an early age. She discovered in the 1970’s the full spectrum of contemporary music from serial to free-jazz and new technologies and joined the Conservatory of Paris to study harp with Brigitte Sylvestre who opened her mind to a different approach of the instrument. Shefocussed ona represention for the hinge between written music and improvisation. She performs extensively as a soloist and in the worlds of improvisation, musical theater and the plastic arts and works with composers Luciano Berio, Emmanuel Nunes, Yoshihisa Taira. Among her groups, there is the Trio Hélène Breschand with Sylvain Kassap and Didier Petit; the duet “sombre” with guitarist Jean-François Pauvros and the group LABORINTUS. Her solo CD “Le goût du sel” has received widespread acclaim. –

Made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FAJE, Chamber Music of America, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, SACEM, and CulturesFrance.