Bio from Jason’s Website:
Jason Sharp is a Montreal based baritone saxophonist / composer who’s sound is a combination of his interests in jazz, contemporary classical, electronic, rock, free form improvisation, and Arabic classical music. Threading these diverse influences together, Jason has developed a uniquely vibrant sound in the groups he contributes to.Leading the 7-piece group Mobius, Jason explores the sonic possibilities of a large acoustic ensemble infused into lush electronic sound-scapes. Featuring some of Montreal’s finest improvisers Jason has created a powerful cinematic musical experience that has reached critical acclaim. Mobius made their debut in the 2006 edition of the Suoni per il Popolo festival in Montreal with special guest NYC saxophonist Micahel Blake and released their self titled album later that year.
As a founding member of Ka Noo, Jason has developed a unique acoustic concept by adding the Hohner Saxophone (a hybrid of a saxophone and harmonica originating from the 1920’s) and the Fujara (a 5 ½ foot tall Slovakian Bass Overtone Flute) to his repertoire of instruments. This instrumentation has led to a distinctive ensemble sound presenting a unique blend of free improvisation, folk, and Arabic classical music.
Jason has also been commissioned to compose music for multiple contemporary dance choreographers. In 2006 he had pieces premier at the Yukon Arts Center, Vancouver International Dance Festival, and the FIDA International Dance Festival.
As an in demand sideman, Jason can be heard in a wide variety of groups in the Montreal area. Josh Zubot’s Mendahm Quartet and Crouched Head, Improv Collective Kalmunity, Free Jazz / Dub Band Ark of Infinity, Jazz / Soul artist Malika Tirolien, and is a regular guest in Moondata’s Improvising series Labprojects.
Jason holds a B.MUS in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied with Mike Murley, Kirk MacDonald, Alex Dean, and Phil Nimmons. He continued his studies in composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and in 2006 received a Conseil des Arts et des Lettres Grant to study with Ellery Eskelin, Michael Blake, and Ben Allison in New York City.