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Like Setting Myself on Fire

by Tom Sharpe - Sharpeworldmusic

International award winning world percussion/orchestral soundtrack, wildly emotional and technically precise, with a gutsy edge of percussive frenzy and tribal ritual.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Like Setting Myself On Fire
4:15 $0.99
2. Refuge
0:27 album only
3. Trance-formation
4:49 $0.99
4. Heritage
4:01 $0.99
5. Generations
4:23 $0.99
6. A Legacy
4:46 $0.99
7. Imagine That You Are Light
3:51 $0.99
8. Now Is the Time
4:28 $0.99
9. All That Is Seen and Unseen
5:45 $0.99
10. Bring Me Back Her Heart
5:26 $0.99
11. Like Waking Out of a Deep Sleep
1:47 album only
12. From This Dream Forward
1:43 album only
13. The Burning Sands
5:26 $0.99
14. Until the Day Breathes
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Album Notes
Tom Sharpe is the drummer for Dennis DeYoung, the legendary singer/songwriter from the famed rock group STYX. He is also the drummer for the Grammy Award winning group Mannheim Steamroller, the number one selling Christmas tour of all time. Along with his heavy tour schedule, Tom is an internationally recognized, critically acclaimed composer, and the creator of his own world music ensemble, Sharpe World Music. His own compositions have won many awards, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Broadjam World Music Contest. He is alumni of the Interlochen Arts Academy and holds the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from DePaul University.

Tom’s original music is a percussive symphony - a sonic and visual feast for the senses. A classically trained musician, Tom has dramatically blended his orchestral background with world music instrumentation and cinematic imagery 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. Weaving together powerful elements of sound and rhythm, Tom is equally proficient on a vast array of percussion and keyboard instruments. Seamlessly blending genres from Middle Eastern, African, orchestral, and rock music, Tom moves between traditional instrumentation and electronics with ease and precision. With a fresh approach to world music, Tom's high energy, passion, and emotion, combined with superb musicality, leave audiences amazed and inspired!

Tom performed the world premiere of "Like Setting Myself on Fire" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. He was a featured artist at the 2004 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, and at the Nashville New Music Conference in Nashville, TN, for two consecutive years. In 2005 Tom was featured in the PBS Special “Arts Across Illinois”. In 2006 and 2007 Tom provided the live soundtrack for Dance Chicago’s World Rhythms and Dance series, International Rhythms series, and Grand Finale 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 2007. In 2008, Tom performed at the “Great Performers of Illinois” festival in Millennium Park, Chicago. 2009–2011 found Tom performing live as a solo artist, with his ensemble, with Mannheim Steamroller, and Dennis DeYoung, as well as guest appearances with Lenny Kravitz, Martha Davis of the MOTELS, and American Idol favorite David Archuletta. His national television performances include NBC’s Pandora Unforgettable Moments on Ice, the Oprah Winfrey Show, A+E, Nightline, PBS, and WGN. Tom is endorsed and represented by the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Cymbals, Vater Sticks and Mallets, Aquarian Drum Heads, HipTrix Glowing Percussion, the Illinois Arts Council, and Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education.




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"Like Setting Myself On Fire" is easily one of my favorite albums of all time. From the first notes of the title track, to the final notes of Until The Day Breathes, Tom grabs you and doesn't let go. This is a diverse, epic, inspiring album. Tom is truly the musical genius of our time. Well worth the purchase!

J. D. Norman, music critic

Like Setting Myself On Fire
“Like Setting Myself On Fire” by Sharpeworldmusic is one of the most interesting CDs I’ve come across this year. Sharpeworldmusic is essentially Tom Sharpe playing a multitude of instruments: piano, drum set, synth, and all sorts of percussion from the smallest to the largest. This debut CD is also composed and produced by Sharpe.

From a compositional standpoint, the “LSMOF” merges tribal/world elements with an almost New Age element, although that comparison really isn’t fair because the blend is high-energy, stormy and dark at times while peaceful and introspective at others. And, throughout the entire disc, special attention is paid to thematic melodic elements that are intelligently foreshadowed and referenced on multiple occasions. The resulting sonic tapestry is nothing short of a modern symphony with a highly cinematic feel. The merging of styles is one of the greatest strengths of this disc and Sharpe’s artistry is unique in that he is able to transcend the usual boundaries of the genres mentioned.

For example, the energetic motion of the piano lines in “Heritage” and “Generations” is pinned down by a clever percussion arrangement that almost hints of electronica. Another example: the main theme of “Bring Me Back Her Heart” could easily have been a hook in a rock song, and here it provides a foundation for an excellent drum solo.

Sharpe’s technical skills are nothing short of amazing. He is easily in the same league as well-known drummers like Dave Weckl or Neil Peart, but the difference here is that Sharpe’s album is heavily focused on composition whereas the works of Weckl and others are generally more chops-oriented.

It is rare to find a debut project of this depth and vision. “Like Setting Myself On Fire” is a bold musical statement.

Ian P.

This CD is unreal!!! Goodnight Yanni, you were never good anyway. Kitaro, you have real competition here! Mr. Sharpe, bravo to you. I am enjoying every second of your score and it is mesmerising! I can't wait to set dance to it!