hmmmm...ok, this has been a 'lurking thread' for me since jeremy started it, and today i'm feeling both convicted and somewhat secure
j knows me from way back and forever...i come and go here because my career often eats up so much time that i sometimes need to choose family over internet presence...i'm home a lot more now so...
name: dean sharp
i live and breathe in upstate ny, about 2 hour north of NYC.
artists: kinda a gazzillion...i've been doing this on a fairly 'high' (a relative term, i know) level since the 80's...off the top of my head, those you might have heard of...joe henderson, sonny rollins, daryll hall (solo), billy ocean, duran duran, janet jackson, brenda russell, ani defranco, mellissa ferrick, marc ribot, jane siberry, MOBY, red hot chili peppers, donna lewis, greg brown, david torn/spattercell (many might not know him, but he IS the father of looping guitar stuff...a genius...and i don't bandy that word around)...these are some of the touring/live gigs i've held...some years, some weeks, depending on the situations and needs...
my recording CV is pretty extensive and very varied...lots of oddball singer songwriters cause i'm sort of a 'sound merchant'. lots of creative musics, some might call it jazz, but i wouldn't...
as seen above, the stylistic thing is all over the map...mainly, and moreso presently, i'm a 'creative' or 'jazz' (i HATE that moniker ) guy...my career started off as a jazzer (joe, sonny...i did a solo record produced by michael carvin back in the day) but got a lot of pop opportunities so i went 'money' for a while...i've seen the ere of my ways though LOL...
i am presently, and have been actively for the past 10 years, a composer for dance and film. i reside as the staff composer/soundscapist in the dance dept at bard college in upstate ny...in association with NY live arts and the
bill t jones/arnie zane dance company.
academia allows the luxury of playing what/wjhen i want and with whom...not worrying about the money in playing is a really freeing feeling. mind you, 'free' is a rarity for me , but this lifestyle allows me to explore new relationships/projects that might not have financial backing.
it also allows access to grant projects...an recent amazing one being with mimi goese (hugo largo) and ben neill (mutante trumpet inventer)...hyper creative!!
gear/endorsements include agop cymbals, promark, englehart percussion, keplinger percussion, remo (although i LOVE me some aquarian vintage!)...fidock drums are great...we had a thing, as i did for a time with ayotte and tama before them, but i mostly use vintage drums and have a slew of em...had a very nice relationship with joe montineri when he was actively making drums...still have 3 sets that get a lot of play.
so, that's probably too much information, but i like being thorough (although there are a lot of 'holes' in this story)...my site is not uptodate, but may give more of a timeline:
my work is also up for listen...especially when 'in progress'...at soundcloud.com/diggamag
i love chatting gear, and have played a LOT of it over numerous years, so always feel free to hit me up.
thanks and be blessed!
Edited by tradrad, 23 November 2016 - 12:53 AM.