Jason Sharp is sharing a second excerpt, “Stand Above The Streams Pt. 4A” from his forthcoming album Stand Above The Streams. Building inexorably from an understated drone into a rich composition punctuated by bursts of saxophone and a steady electronic pulse, it is deeply textured, driven by gripping dynamics and tonal shifts, and thoroughly captivating. “Stand Above The Streams Pt. 4A” is another powerful taste of an album that is singular in its atmosphere, energy, methodology and innovation.


Stand Above The Streams drops Friday, February 23rd.

Stand Above The Streams expands upon Sharp’s previous use of a heart monitor and amplified breath to trigger various rhythmic and textural electronic elements in addition to his exceptional saxophone playing. For this new album Sharp further developed his custom midi and synthesis apparatuses and struck up a collaboration with renowned sound installation artist Adam Basanta.
Fans in Montreal will be able to experience this unique setup live in a concert premiere at Espace A in the Phi Centre taking place on March 17th – the perfect setting to experience this work in a truly immersive manner under acoustically pristine conditions. The Phi Center performance is sure to be an exceptional live experience to mark the live debut of this stunning record. This album launch show will also feature Constellation labelmate Automatisme, the alter-ego of Saint-Hyacinthe-based producer William Jourdain, in his first Montreal performance following his appearance at MUTEK last year.


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Jason Sharp’s impressive 2016 debut release under his own name, A Boat Upon Its Blood was a molten and musically diverse work of modern composition inspired by a Robert Creeley poem, distinguished by Sharp’s use of a heart monitor and amplified breath to trigger various rhythmic and textural electronic elements – alongside his own saxophone playing and contributions from guest players on processed violin and lap steel guitar.
Stand Above The Streams expands on this approach, with Sharp having further developed his custom Midi and synthesis apparatuses – and notably collaborating on these compositions with Adam Basanta, whose renowned practice in sound art, sound installation and autonomous sound systems makes for impressively immersive, layered and complex new work.
All sound sources on Stand Above The Streams originate with Sharp: bass and baritone saxophones, heartbeat, pulse, and breathing are played/processed in real time through Sharp’s own signal-bending synthesis rig and through Basanta’s bespoke ‘controlled feedback’ amplification system. The album’s rhythms are generated wholly from Sharp’s similarly controlled breathing and heart rate. The results are utterly gripping, with melodic and micro-tonal elements flowing amidst waves of atmospheric pink and brown noise, low-end modulation and calibrated distortion.
Through four parts each running in the 10-minute range, Stand Above The Streams conjures an evocative, abstracted survey of organic nature, perhaps from on high, like a satellite scanning and processing data across diverse and slowly changing landscapes. The album also sits very comfortably alongside the recent resurgence in synth-based soundtrack music (John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream et al) – though as alien as it can sometimes sound, there is an unmistakable human element and underlying warmth that courses through the tensile strength of this music, electrifying it with the viscera of the body.



Critical Acclaim for Jason Sharp

“Sharp boils down the detritus of fragmented abstraction to its molten essence – making for an engaging strain of ambience far removed from the vagaries of Windham Hill’s zone age. Sharp’s reed tones create electo-acoustic undulations like a lonesome craft.” Jazzwise
“Combining elements of jazz, drone and musique concrete into a highly experimental album experience, Sharp refines and develops specific concepts, giving everything a clearly defined edge, and has produced a stunning debut.” Echoes And Dust
“Drawing freely from electroacoustic, free jazz, film-score, and techno tropes, Sharp never gives way to pastiche. Far from any recognizable jazz or new music, the evocative fluidity and ambiguous intensity bring to mind Carmine Coppola’s soundtrack for Apocalypse Now, filtered through the new school of electronic music exemplified by Tim Hecker and Ben Frost.” Musicworks


As a solo artist, Jason Sharp has opened for saxophonists David S. Ware, Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, and Ken Vandermark. Sharp has also recorded with Matana Roberts, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Sam Shalabi, and with Roscoe Mitchell as part of the Toronto-Montreal Art Ensemble. He is a regular member of various notable groups, including Nicolas Caloia’s Ratchet Orchestra, Joshua Zubot’s Mend Ham and Sam Shalabi’s Land Of Kush. Sharp composed the music for Daïchi Saïto’s widely acclaimed and award-winning experimental film Engram Of Returning (2015) and has performed the extraordinary improvised score several times in live screenings at international film festivals around the world. As a frequent contributor to Montreal’s vibrant improvised music community, Jason has shared the stage with artists such as Lori Freedman, Jean Derome and Malcom Goldstein, and currently serves as president of the board of Innovations en Concert, an organization that promotes new music in Montreal.