Elliott Sharp and Dither Quartet

Multimedia Reactions to Elliott Sharp and the Dither Guitar Quartet at the Whitney Museum

Monday, August 16, 2010

(Amnon Freidlin)

Elliott Sharp and Dither performing Graffiti Composition by Christian Marclay:

On Friday, August 13, Q2 asked New York's community of adventurous music lovers to react to -- and document via Q2's Facebook and Twitter accounts -- a visceral and cerebral performance that took place at the Whitney's Christian Marclay: Festival. The concert was led by the seminal downtown guitarist/composer/saxophonist Elliott Sharp. He performed and conducted Marclay's Graffiti Composition with the electric guitar quartet, Dither.

For the festival, which runs July 1 through September 26, an army of A-list experimental musicians have been enlisted to perform the graphic scores by the iconoclastic visual and sound artist. Sharp's interpretation, which called for a site-specific formation of the five guitarists, spanned the entire center space of the Whitney's 4th floor, to form an arc that engulfed audience members.

Below, you'll find a slideshow of photographs and a video of the complete performance of Marclay's Graffiti Composition from Friday night.

(Amnon Freidlin)
Elliott Sharp
(Amnon Freidlin)
Audience at the Whitney Museum
(Amnon Freidlin)
Elliott Sharp
(Amnon Freidlin)
Elliott Sharp in context
(Amnon Freidlin)
Taylor Levine of Dither guitar quartet
(Amnon Freidlin)
David Linaburg of Dither guitar quartet
(Amnon Freidlin)
Joshua Lopes of Dither guitar quartet
(Amnon Freidlin)
Dither in context
(Alex Ambrose)
Elliott Sharp
(Alex Ambrose)
Post-performance analysis
(Alex Ambrose)
Examining Elliott Sharp's set-up
(Alex Ambrose)
Elliott Sharp and David Linaburg
(Alex Ambrose)
Dither in performance
(Alex Ambrose)
David Linaburg of Dither
(Alex Ambrose)
David Linaburg and Joshua Lopes of Dither

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