Dave Sharp






  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Dave Sharp, electric/double bass
  • Henrik Karapetyan, violin
  • Igor Houwat, Oud
  • Mike List, percussion

Dave Sharp

Dave Sharp was born in Detroit, Michigan where he was inspired by the city’s deep musical heritage. While earning studying at the University of Michigan, Sharp became deeply devoted to the study of jazz and improvisation. This led to a move to San Francisco where Dave studied with legendary bassist Herbie Lewis (McCoy Tyner, Cannonball Adderly, Les McCann) at the New College of California. While living in San Francisco, Sharp performed in art spaces and venues like Cafe Du Nord and the Fillmore, and served as bassist and composer for the modern jazz ensemble the Spheres of Influence. After a brief tour of Japan, Sharp returned home to Michigan, where he continues to compose, record, engineer, teach and perform live in front of appreciative audiences. Sharp brings both his upright and electric bass skills to a wide variety of music groups, including Dave Sharp's Secret 7 (World Jazz), Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet, Dave Sharp Worlds Trio, Three Worlds Trio, Sumkali (Indian Fusion), Klezmephonic (Traditional Klezmer), Wisaal (Arabic Fusion) as well as collaborations with Bollywood musicians (Parthiv Gohil, Jointa Gandhi) and touring Kirtan (Girish, Prema Hara) artists.

Henrik Karapetyan

Dr. Henrik Karapetyan Native of Yerevan, Armenia, Henrik Karapetyan studied violin in the State Conservatory under the tutelage of the distinguished professor Suren Hakhnazaryan before relocating to US in 2001. Two years after his move, Henrik won a contracted position with the Michigan Opera Orchestra, while still completing his Master's degree. During his career, Henrik has led many orchestras as concertmaster, participated in numerous festivals worldwide, won competitions and shared the stage with many celebrated musicians in venues such as Chamber Music Hall of Armenia, Hill Auditorium, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. A violinist with extensive Classical training (Doctorate in Violin Performance from University of Michigan, 2010), Henrik has always been interested in folk music, both as a performer and as a scholar. He as been a member of a number of folk bands, specializing in Eastern European and Near Eastern music. Active in Classical scene in US and Europe, Henrik is also a member of the folk groups Duo Mosaic, Klezmephonic, and Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet.

Igor Houwat

Igor is an oud player living in Lansing, Michigan. He is of Lebanese and Brazilian descent, and has spent his life trotting around the globe, and landed in Michigan nine years ago. Interested in exploring his Lebanese roots, Igor started studying the oud (Arabic lute) with Abdel Karim Bader, a master of Arabic traditional music, and founded Wisaal, a Mediterranean fusion group that was active from 2010 to 2015. Currently he continues to perform around Michigan while honing his skills under Iraqi Oud master Raed Khoshaba.

Mike List

Mike List is a globalized percussionist based out of Metro Detroit playing both western and non-western instruments from around the globe. Mike has performed in a variety of musical settings including rock, jazz, classical, contemporary art music, and world music fusion ensembles. He currently works with the percussion group 'Rela,' world jazz group 'Inscribe,' and is a regular performer with Rick Robinson's CutTime Simfonica and the Classical Revolution Detroit series. He has also worked with Mediterranean fusion ensemble ‘Wisaal’ and the marimba/world percussion duet, ‘To Hit.’ Mike holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from Central Michigan University and has also studied tabla, mbira, and Arabic percussion. Along with performing, Mike teaches privately, accompanies modern dance, and teaches courses on the ‘History of Rock and Roll’ and ‘World Music.’ He can also make you a mean cup of coffee.