Chris Sharp is the contemporary music programmer at Barbican Centre (London). His mission in this multi-artistic centre is to propose music experiences that go far beyond the standard concert and take the audience out of its comfort zone. In order to achieve this they provoke encounters between classical and modern music, generating collaborations of different orchestras with artists like Aphex Twin (with Heritage Orchestra), Laura Mvula (with the London Symphony Orchestra), Jeff Mills or Chilli Gonzales (with the BBC Orchestra); they dedicate nights to the music of geographic areas where people forget to look at, like China’s vibrant new music scene, or dedicates annual series to psychedelic and transcendental music.
Since he joined the Barbican Centre in 2008, Chris Sharp has had the opportunity to work with a list of artists that is breathtaking: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Nico Muhly or Max Richter among many others.
The Barbican Centre is an organization dedicated to the arts and education that includes disciplines like dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its carefully curated program cuts the barriers between genres, styles, disciplines and seasons: from baroque operas to cutting edge electronic music, the Barbican offers the audience experiences that challenge any classification.