design: nazik dakkach

creole continuum is available on LP, CD, and for MP3 download at: www.howlarts.net/kaie

the album was released on september 5th, 2014 with howl! records. video from the launch is available at: www.kaiesharp.ca


personnel: martin heslop (contrebasse), jason sharp (bass & baritone saxophones), ted strauss (piano, organ), brahja waldman (drums, alto saxophone), kim zombik (voice), tyler fitzmaurice (recording, mixing), dimitiri condax (mastering).

design: kevin lo

vox:versus was recorded in 2010 at hotel 2 tango, montréal. v:v incorporates sound poetry, sound collage, and improvised conversation between poem and instrument.

word sound system #2

"when there is abstraction it is balanced by concrete words; where words are foregrounded there is abstraction in the mix – there is always a recognizable linguistic element to ground." -steven ross smith

dust my doom

personnel: martin heslop (contrebasse), jahsun (drums), stefan christoff (piano), kim zombik (vocal), dj andy williams (soundscapes), zeke (sound collage), jason selman (trumpet), radwan ghazi mounmeh (recording), graham lessard (mixing), harris newman (mastering).

vox:versus was launched at the suoni per il popolo festival, montréal, 2011.

photo: pablo riquelme

lettrism, dub, sound poetry, jazzoetry, voconoise, speech,

to perform - operate, function, work, act, go, run, percolate, perk, tick, play, be effective, have effect, have free play &/or

scream &/or syncopate consonants &/or feed back thru the amplifier &/or fast-speak &/or recite &/or chant &/or mangle language &/or stylize gibberish &/or utter in tied tongues &/or blow air thru the holes in vowels &/or issue isery thru the mouth &/or lament and gnash teeth &/or polemicize ire &/or

photo: mariel rosenbluth

make utterance - speech, language, talk, speaking, discourse, comment, parole, palaver, prattle, gab, chin music, chin, jaw, lip, yap, gaff, words, accents, chatter, conversation, elocution, utterance, articulation, vocalization, locution, phonation, breathing, voice, tongue, vocable, vocal, word, remark, statement, crack, delivery, subjoinder, accent, &/or

presence &/or body and sound &/or diaphragm &/or

L _ L L _ L LL from Jason Sharp on Vimeo.

please visit: www.kaiesharp.ca

kaie kellough and jason sharp have collaborated since 2011, performing in experimental music, jazz, and literary milieus. their work inhales varied elements, such as lettrism, noise, reading, improvisation, installation, and exhales both acoustic and electronic sound.

photo: pablo riquelme

"sharp’s bass saxophone provided drones and feedback-like distortions of sound, as kellough explored, distorted, and pulled apart words and their meaning, occasionally reducing them to their original phonological sounds as during the final piece RAIL, all performed with a rhythmic intentionality. the result created massive arches of musical tension, as language and musical syntax fragmented and reassembled."
- tyler versluis, for musical toronto

smtWTFs from Jason Sharp on Vimeo.

they have performed at the cluster festival (winnipeg), the innovations en concert series (montréal), the suoni per il popolo festival (montréal), the bruissements du cercle series (montréal), and onomatopoeia (toronto).

photo: mickey boston kovacks

photo: terry lim

navette is a chapbook published in 2015 by shape & nature press (greenfield, massachusetts). it contains a conceptual walk and a work of short fiction. the walk visits familiar montréal landmarks that double as passages along a migrant's journey. the story is one of revolution and flight in which a nameless youth, the child of haitian immigrants, comes of age during the 2012 student strike. the brutal duvalier régime and the space shuttle challenger haunt the family's memory, while a future blurred by social unrest, language politics, vintage congolese recordings, and interstellar space engulfs their city.

navette is available through shape & nature press.

maple leaf rag was published in 2010 by arbeiter ring publishing.

mlr is a dynamic, jazz-and-noise-infused riff on canadian culture. its concrete, written soundscape explores belonging, dislocation and relocation, and national identity from a black canadian perspective. this collection of poems syncopates the page and scores speech.

"Explorations into the fluidity of national and linguistic boundaries, and a creative tension between the visual and auditory, as represented on the page through multiple experiments in form, readability, and mixed media artistry, only serve to heighten the book’s emphases on cultural amalgamation and the mutable nature of a people’s and a place’s identities." - r cohen, 2011

erasures diasporas is a series of visual imprints that explores the loss, acquisition, and migration of languages (and also dialects, créoles, pidgins, vernaculars, utterances, articulations, syllabics, vocal codes) through the african diaspora.

the imprints were made using old letraset. the letters had long ago been rubbed off, and the plastic sheets had become rippled and textured. ink and/or acrylic paint was spread over them. they were then laid onto large sheets of paper and pressed/rolled using a glass guitar slide.

erasures diasporas - one imprint was published as a limited edition leaflet by no press, august 2013. an excerpt from this series was published in the literary journal yellow field, issue 9, buffalo ny, 2014, and another in matrix magazine, winter 2015, issue 100.

each imprint emerges from nothingness into noise, and, as im)migrants and people of color do daily, balances presence with negative space.

published in yellow field, issue 9