Dean Sharp is a prolific creative percussionist, composer, producer and remixer. He has played and/or recorded with a strikingly diverse array of creative artists including Moby, Brad Mehldau, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elliott Sharp, Michael Bisio, Joe Lovano, Marc Ribot, John Stubblefield, Jazz Criminals, Hugh Brodie, Tony Levin, Steve Swallow, Carter Burwell, Todd Sickafoose’s Blood Orange , Kris Davis, and Ani Defranco. Sharp has written and recorded with notorious loop-miester David Torn (SPLaTTeRCeLL project), co-lead the ensembles earmight (w/ Dean Jones, David Hofstra, Russ Johnson and Ken Mcgloin) and trio loCo (w/ Marc Dzuiba and StudioStu) and is the creative catalyst behind SONic 150 (with bassist michael bisio and trumpet notebender russ johnson), scribbleScrabbLe (with videographer Thomas Moore), sharpEND (with Ken Mcgloin and John Menegan) and Word Was (w/ russ johnson and mario pavone). He has played a vital role in the recordings and live performances of such innovative singer/ songwriters as Rachael Sage, Greg Brown, Donna Lewis, MIMI, Noe Veneble, Louise Taylor, Jill Sobule and Jane Siberry.
As a producer/composer and remixer, he runs ELBO PROJECT ROOM studio where he has “pushed the envelope” for projects with Indian flutist Steve Gorn, cellist Stephanie Winters, klezmer/world artist Zoe B. Zak, bassist Steve Rust’s PULSAR, indie faves Louise Taylor and Stoneboat, Peter Gallway and GU3. Multimedia collaborators and commissioned composition works have included the Deep Listening Foundation, Stephen Vitiello, Nam June Paik, Tom Moore, Art after Science, choreographers Susan Osberg, Dance Across Borders, Bill T Jones’ Leah Cox, Selena Braun, Ben Wolk, Alexander Thompson and Maria Simpson.
He has offered master classes and workshops in the SUNY university system, the New School, Unison Arts Center, the Salisbury and Berkshire Schools and the Omega Institute. Presently he resides as musician/composer for the dance department at Bard College.
“Dean Sharp’s drums lend mystery and grace”
– Music Matters Review
“Versatile” excelling at the use of “sparing sensibilities that speak to emotional cores.”
“Capable of quietly extraordinary things,” a drummer who “has found a way to make jazz fresh.”
– Fairfield Weekly
” Drummer Sharp is a beautiful team member, not stepping on any musical toes and making a true contribution with a palpable sensitivity to his aural and rhythmic role in the mix.”
– Grego Applegate Edwards
“… the Hudson Valley’s always-somewhere percussionist”
– Roll: Creative Living in the Hudson Valley