“Spillá” (meaning "to play" in the secret language of the
Neapolitan musicians) is a meeting between two masters of
the guitar: Elliott Sharp's continuous innovation meet Sergio
Sorrentino’s mastery of interpretation.
Recorded live in 2018 in Vercelli (Italy) here we have the
surprising and effervescent rendition of two Sharp’s graphic
scores: "Hudson River Nr. 6" (1974) is an early experiment and
is part of a series of scores derived from topographical maps
superimposed to musical staff and then manipulated by the
"Liquidity" is part of a latter approach (2011) working on
fragments of pre-existent musical notations heavily
manipulated at the computer by Sharp.
Both the scores deals with visual art as well as contemporary
music, and are conceived to give to the performers (better,
interpreters), the broader informations to "walk-in" the
scores (following conceptual images and/or "sonorous"
The rest of the disc is comprised of two long improvisations
where Sharp and Sorrentino takes the occasion to use the
most varied (and "extended") guitar techniques, spanning all
the range of contemporary "guitarism".
All the pieces are World Premiere Recordings.
The CD Cover image is a modified detail of the score of
"Hudson River Nr. 6".
A text by Elliot Sharp focusing on Graphic Notation is
included in the four pages booklet.
Elliott Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer,
A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music
scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has
released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral
music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music.
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.
Sergio Sorrentino is considered one of the most important
contemporary international guitarists. As a performer he
promotes the classical guitar and electric guitar
contemporary repertory. As a composer and improviser his
music is based on sonic research and combines elements of
contemporary classical music, minimalism, avant-garde,
His CD Dream - American Music for Electric Guitar (Mode
Records) contains works for electric guitar by American
composers as John Cage, David Lang, Elliott Sharp, Alvin
Curran, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff. "Dream" was
reviewed and highlighted in the New York Times as one of the
"Week’s Best Classical Music Moments”. He played and
recorded with new music champions as Gavin Bryars, and
worked with composers as Sylvano Bussotti, Giorgio Battistelli,
Steve Mackey and many others.
1) Hudson River Nr. 6 11:56
2) Allerosa 16:19
3) Liquidity 9:06
4) Bitkorn 10:11