After a quieter start of the year, the ever wonderful Constellation Records appears to have a fruitful second half of the year in store for us. Montréal composer, improviser and saxophonist Jason Sharp is one the recent incredible additions to the label. His connection to Constellation is not new though, having previously worked and recorded with now label mates Matana Roberts, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and Sam Shalabi’s Land Of Kush.
A long-time presence in the Montréal experimental/improv scene, Sharp has developed and uses breathing techniques and custom-built equipment “to translate breath and heart rate into sonic triggers”, as the label says, “alongside other modes of signal processing in tandem with traditional instrumentation”.
This Autumn will see the release of Sharp’s debut album under his own name, and he’s offering a tremendous glimpse of it with ‘A Boat Upon Its Blood (Pt. 3)’, featuring guest contributions from fellow Montréal musicians Josh Zubot and Joe Grass. We’ll be on the lookout for more details. Now listen to ‘A Boat Upon Its Blood (Pt. 3)’.