Tracie Morris’s public art career started as a poet performing at events with the Black Rock Coalition in the late 1980s and early 1990s at venues such as CBGB’s and Time Café. She began performing and recording with avant-garde musicians including Melvin Gibbs, Marvin Sewell, Elliott Sharp, Vernon Reid, Uri Caine, and Val Jeanty. As an interpretive vocalist, she was hired by Sharp on tour dates with the band Terraplane. Morris has new books in the works including: TDJ: To Do w/ John (Zasterle, 2011), as well as two recording projects: sharpmorris (with Elliott Sharp) and Introducing the Tracie Morris Band.
Elliott Sharp is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and curator central to the experimental music scene in New York City for over thirty years. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction. Sharp has a number of recent notable projects. He directed, wrote, and composed a science-fiction opera for all-teenage performers About Us which was commissioned by the Bayersiche Staatsoper in Munich and premiered there in July 2010. He was featured as Lecturer and composer at Ostrava Music Days, Czech Republic, in August 2009 and his music-theater work “Binibon” premiered at the The Kitchen in NYC, May 2009. He has recently scored Toni Dove’s interactive film projects Spectropia and Lucid Possession.