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Experimental Composer Elliott Sharp to Perform in Santa Monica

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By Lookout Staff

June 7, 2019 -- Experimental music legend Elliott Sharp will give a free performance and read from his new memoir "irRational Music" at the Santa Monica Public Library this month.

His appearance June 26 at 7:30 p.m. is part of the Soundwaves new music series at the library's Martin Luther King Auditorium, 610 Santa Monica Boulevard.
Elliott Sharp book coverCourtesy MIT Press

A key figure in New York's avant-garde music scene, Sharp has released more than 80 albums and was one of the first musicians to incorporate computers into his live performances.

"irRational Music" is a "memoir and manifesto by a pivotal figure at the junction of rock, the avant-garde, and an ever-widening spiral of art, theater, film, and dance," according to the book's publisher MIT Press.

The book chronicles Sharp's encounters with some of America's legendary classical composers, including John Cage and Morton Feldman, who told the guitarist known for his improvising prowess, “Improvisation. . . I don't buy it."

Sharp's career includes dozens of albums of original compositions, improvisations, and collaborations with artists including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Oliver Lake, Christian Marclay, the Kronos Quartet, Andrea Centazzo, Mike Watt, Nels Cline and Debbie Harry, event organizers said.

Sharp has received prestigious grants, commissions and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy in Berlin, the Atlantic Center for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts, among others.

This event is co-produced by the Santa Monica Public Library and Angel City Arts, with guitar amplifiers provided by Truetone Music.

A book and CD sale and signing follows the performance.

The monthly Soundwaves series presents artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders.

Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings can be found at

The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18 and provides bicycle parking racks.

For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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