Linda Sharrock

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Although she has sung for most of her life, Sharrock first attracted widespread attention when touring internationally with her husband, guitarist Sonny Sharrock. It was while she was on one such tour, to Europe in 1987, that she found her unusual niche. She met up with a group of Korean musicians who were attracted by her wordless vocalizing technique. For her part, Sharrock found that the Koreans’ mainly percussion instrumentation was not only complementary to her singing style but was also musically stimulating. She continued to work with Koreans and helped their music gain popularity in the West. In turn, her association with them made her a huge attraction in the Far East.

Sharrock’s interest in ethnic music is by no means restricted to the east. Additionally, she has worked successfully with cutting edge jazz artists, including Wolfgang Puschnig and Uli Scherer, recording with them for ECM...

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