Jason Sharp

Jason Sharp has been a fixture of Montréal’s experimental/improv scene for many years, chiefly as a saxophonist exploring drone and durational music, while also collaborating in a wide variety of jazz, avant and contemporary music ensembles – he has several prior links to Constellation, notably as part of Sam Shalabi’s Land Of Kush orchestra and Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin Chapter One, and as a session player on Thee Silver Mt Zion’s 2010 album Kollaps Tradixionales. He has shared the stage with Montreal improvisational artists such as Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, and Malcom Goldstein, as well as free jazz luminaries such as David S. Ware, Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, and Ken Vandermark.

In its current iteration, Sharp’s work as a composer, conductor and band leader uses custom-built equipment to translate breath and heart rate into variegated sonic triggers, along with other modes of signal processing and in tandem with traditional instrumentation.

Sharp released his Constellation debut A Boat Upon Its Blood in 2016. Drawing inspiration from a Robert Creeley poem, A Boat Upon Its Blood is a molten and musically diverse work of modern composition that was celebrated as "a stunning debut" (Echoes and Dust). Sharp's second Constellation release Stand Above The Streams found him working in collaboration with experimental musician and composer Adam Basanta, whose renowned practice in sound art, sound installation and autonomous sound systems contributed to the complex and immersive nature of the album. Stand Above The Streams was lauded as "a work of highly tuned suspense" (MusicOMH) and "mesmerizing" (Electronic Sound).

Alongside his ongoing pursuit of advanced scuba diving certification, 2018 and 2019 were notably jam-packed years for Jason Sharp: out-jazz/big band collaborations and album releases with Roscoe Mitchell, Ratchet Orchestra, and Sam Shalabi’s Land Of Kush; sessions on the posthumous Leonard Cohen album Thanks For The Dance and the Polaris Prize shortlisted The Ballad Of The Runaway Girl by Inuk songwriter Elisapie; composing the motion picture soundtrack for Netflix production Jusqu’au Déclin (The Decline) and the score for award-winning experimental filmmaker Daïchi Saïto’s earthearthearth; and continuing to work with local signal hackers on improving and expanding the electronic rig that makes his solo electroacoustic music possible in studio and in real-time performance.