Dave Sharp World’s Quartet

Dave Sharp





Dave Sharp World’s Quartet

  • $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 rich musical heritage. While earning a degree from 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 Trio, Three Worlds Trio, Sumkali (Indian Fusion), Klezmephonic (Traditional Klezmer), Wisaal (Arabic Fusion) as well as collaborating with Bollywood musicians (Parthiv Gohil, Jointa Gandhi) and touring Kirtan (Girish, Prema Hara) artists.

Sharp has been engineering and producing projects at Backseat Productions, a professional rec ording studio on the outskirts of Ann Arbor. With a wide range of music styles on his resume, which includes playing electric bass with The Melvins, and playing upright bass with Iggy Pop & the Stooges, Sharp has the experience to track your project and make it shine! Recent releases from the Backseat production mill include Dave Sharp Secret 7’s WORLDS and Kelzmephonic’s Ot Azoy! 

Student musicians thrive under Mr. Sharp’s guidance, as he has coached and recorded student ensembles from the Ann Arbor Music Center adult band program (Surf Rock, Blues, Original Rock) as well as young jazz musicians during the annual Ann Arbor Music Center Jazz Camp Band. Sharp is the director of the Jazz & Blues Program at the Ann Arbor Music Center, and offers private and group lessons in a fully equipped music studio in downtown Ann Arbor. 

Henrik Karapetyan

Dr. Henrik Karapetyan has had an extensive career as a performer and teacher both in his native Armenia and the United States. After earning his bachelor’s degree from the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory in Armenia, he relocated to Detroit to continue his studies at Wayne State University and in 2010 earned his doctorate in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan under the guidance of Prof. Aaron Berofsky.

Dr. Karapetyan has won a number of awards and competitions, performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, and led at least half a dozen orchestras in Armenia and the United States as concertmaster. As a chamber musician he has appeared in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the Armenian Philharmonic Hall, and Rackham Auditorium, among others. Mr. Karapetyan’s recent research on Armenian Medieval Chant and its application in modern composition inspired a commissioned work and an additional piece, both premiered at the University of Michigan’s Britton Auditorium in 2010.

Henrik Karapetyan is currently employed with the Michigan Opera Orchestra, and he appears frequently as concertmaster in community and regional orchestras in the Detroit area. Overall he performs close to 200 concerts and events annually, performing as a soloist and with ensembles including the Ann Arbor-based Amethyst Piano Trio and Folk-Eastern band “Orpheum Bell.”

Igor Houwat

Interested in exploring his Lebanese roots, Igor started studying the oud (Arabic lute) in January 2010 with Abdel Karim Bader, a master of Arabic traditional music, and founded Wisaal in February 2010. Igor has also studied Arabic music with virtuosos Bassam Saba, Simon Shaheen, and Andre Hajj. He has a Masters in Ethnomusicology from Michigan State University, where he also previously earned an M.M. in Classical Saxophone Performance. Igor has studied music and performed in France and Lebanon. He co-started the Arabic "jazz" 'Oriental Colors' trio in Lebanon (playing the alto saxophone), has played with the 'Ensemble de Saxophones Ile-de-France' in Paris, and played baritone saxophone in an award winning saxophone quartet at the Cergy Pontoise Regional Conservatory in France. 

Mike List

Mike is a drummer/percussionist based in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan who plays a variety of western and non-western percussion instruments. He earned his undergraduate and master degrees in music from Central Michigan University under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Spencer. He also has attended various workshops to learn frame drumming and has studied tabla with Navjot Sandhu in the United States and with Manoj Kadam in India. Mike has performed in a variety of musical settings including rock, jazz, classical, contemporary art music, percussion solo, and world music fusion ensembles. He has collaborated with fusion artists such as Chris Freeman, the Northwoods Improvisers and currently works with the marimba world percussion duet “to hit. He has also substituted in regional symphonies such as the Traverse Symphony and Ardrian Symphony. Along with performing, Mike teaches private lessons, instructs marching percussion and guest lectures on non-western music.