Tom Sharpe at Sinnissippi July 28

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Tom Sharpe and the Sharpe World Music Ensemble take stage at 7:30 p.m. as part of Charlotte’s Web Summer Series

Tom Sharpe and the Sharpe World Music Ensemble will give a cutting-edge performance at Charlotte’s Web’s Summer Series, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28, at the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell, 1401 N. Second St.

Sharpe’s music is a percussive symphony—a sonic and visual feast for the senses. A classically-trained musician, Sharpe has dramatically blended his orchestral background with world music instrumentation to create an experience that invites the listener into the heart of the musical moment—wildly emotional and technically precise, with a gutsy edge of percussive frenzy and tribal ritual.

Equally proficient on an array of percussion and keyboard instruments, he blends Middle Eastern, African, orchestral and rock music—moving between traditional instrumentation and electronics with ease and precision. Sharpe is also an internally-recognized, much-loved artist. His debut CD, Like Setting Myself on Fire, was released to critical acclaim. The title track of the CD was voted “Grand Prize Winner”—World Music Song of the Year by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest; he has also won the 2007 Broadjam World Music Contest with “The Burning Sands.” He is an alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Academy and received his bachelor of music and master of music from DePaul University, Chicago. He has been honored as a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition and the Unisong International Songwriting Competition. He was a featured artist at the 2004 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., and at the Nashville New Music Conference in Nashville, Tenn., for two consecutive years. In 2005, Tom was featured in the PBS special Arts Across Illinois. In 2006, he provided the live soundtrack for Dance Chicago’s World Rhythms and Dance series at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, as well as performed on stage. He was commissioned to write a world music ensemble piece that was performed at the National Percussion Festival in Indianapolis in March 2007, and premiered his first symphony for world percussion with his ensemble and the Elmhurst College Choir in concert in April.

His high energy, passion and superb musicality prompted the Web audience to leap to their feet with a standing ovation after the FIRST set and again at the end! Tom will be joined onstage by Jennifer Silverstone, electric violin; Amanda Lake, electric cello; and Jeff Elbel, fretless bass.

The performance is free, and is co-sponsored by WNIJ-FM. Rain site for all concerts is Mendelssohn PAC, 415 N. Church St. For rain site info, call (815) 987-8800 after 2:30 p.m. the day of the concert.

from the July 25-31, 2007, issue

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