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.
A Boat Upon Its Blood, Sharp’s first album-length recording to be released under his own name, is a bracingly meditative multi-movement instrumental work that charts a highly compelling arc of shifting energies and intensities, tracing a heterogeneous cycle of minimalisms and maximalisms. Featuring Sharp’s own reed playing and contributions from a few guest musicians, particularly Josh Zubot on violin and Joe Grass on pedal steel guitar, Sharp looms as a unique and invigorating new voice in modern-contemporary music. We're honored to be releasing A Boat Upon Its Blood on Constellation 30 September 2016.