Chris Sharkey continues with electronic improvisation at Rich Mix

We continue to share info about each of the seven experimental artists involved with our two events next week.

Today we’re talking about Chris Sharkey, as he’ll be continuing to develop his solo improvisational project Survival Skills at Bitch ‘n’ Monk’s album launch at Rich Mix on Thursday.

Chris became first known to us many years ago as the guitarist of nu jazz outfit Acoustic Ladyland, who wrapped up their ten-year career with four consecutive gigs at The Vortex Jazz Club, each with the original lineup playing through the respective album they recorded, before disbanding.

Since then, Chris has continued to push himself as a musician, composer, producer, improviser and artist, always looking for the next challenge, and has done so with projects such as TrioVD, Shiver, The Geordie Approach and Survival Skills.

We’ve known his projects to perform at international jazz festivals, headline math rock tents and perform to fans of electronic arts, so pigeonholing his work is no easy job, and not something any of us need to do.

In November 2014, he premiered his electronic improvisational project Survival Skills with us at Power Lunches, but since then he has continued to develop his nuanced sounds, and we can’t wait to hear what he has in store for us on Thursday.

Check out these live videos by Peter Junge for an idea of what he can do.

“I believe that that music education, when it is inclusive, relevant and fun, has the power to enrich lives and communities.” – Chris Sharkey

“Sharkey is at the cutting-edge of contemporary improv-fusion guitar technique, colliding headlong free-jazz phrasing with roaring thrash metal riffs and ghostly electronics” – The Guardian

“… astonishing technique that produces a vast array of otherworldly sounds from his battered looking Fender Strat, creating a torrent of angular flurries, gut-wrenchingly heavy, chugging, riffs and spaced out looping. He’s one of the most exciting young guitarists on the UK scene, and one that might just find fans in both free jazz and avant metal camps.” – Jazzwise Magazine


Full details about Bitch ‘n’ Monk, Survival Skills and Peter Ehwald at Rich Mix


£9 advance tickets

£19 to reserve a discount pre-release copy of the album at the merch desk with your ticket

£12 on the door

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