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Jerome Ellis is an Afro-Caribbean composer, improviser, multi-instrumentalist, and theater artist living in New York City. His work focuses on speech and silence, and their interrelations with disability and religion; repetition, devotion, oral storytelling, improvisation, and the interface between electronic and acoustic sound. Mr. Ellis' work has been presented by institutions like Lincoln Center Education, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, WKCR, and Joe's Pub. He is a writer in residence at Lincoln Center Theater and a 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellow. As a composer Mr. Ellis was awarded a 2015 Fulbright Fellowship to research traditional samba performance and write new music in Salvador, Brazil. Mr. Ellis is one half of the music-storytelling duo James & Jerome. Their works have been directed by Rachel Chavkin, Annie Tippe, and Andrew Scoville. Mr. Ellis has been granted residencies with the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and BRIC Arts Media. From 2008 to 2011, he was resident composer and saxophonist with jazz pianist Trudy Silver at 5C Cafe and Cultural Center in New York City. As a jazz saxophonist, he has performed with Joseph Daley, Aaron Scott, and Shayna Dulberger. He is also a piano technician and a translator from Portuguese.

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Jerome Ellis is an Afro-Caribbean composer, improviser, multi-instrumentalist, and theater artist living in New York City. His work focuses on speech and silence, and their interrelations with disability and religion; repetition, devotion, oral storytelling, improvisation, and the interface between electronic and acoustic sound. He creates electronic, ambient, and concert music for both electronic and acoustic instruments, and often combines both in the same performance. Mr. Ellis has performed his music at venues like Lincoln Center, Sotheby’s, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, WKCR, and Joe's Pub. He is an artist in residence at Lincoln Center Theater. Born in Connecticut to a Jamaican mother and a Grenadian father, he was raised in Virginia Beach, VA.

As a composer Mr. Ellis was awarded a 2015 Fulbright Fellowship to research traditional samba performance and write new music in Salvador, Brazil. There he performed with local musicians at Teatro Gamboa Nova and Feminaria Musical at the Universidade Federal da Bahia.

Mr. Ellis often works with storyteller and musician James Monaco as the music-storytelling duo James & Jerome. Their works have been directed by Rachel Chavkin, Annie Tippe, and Andrew Scoville. James & Jerome have developed their work through the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, BRIClab, and The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, and they were members of the Public Theater's inaugural Devised Theater Working Group. Recent James & Jerome projects include: Piano Tales (La MaMa, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center Education, etc.), Ink (The Brick, BRIC Arts Media), Aaron/Marie (Under The Radar Festival, Ars Nova), and They Ran and Ran and Ran (HERE Arts). The duo are collaborators on Reconstruction (Still Working But the Devil Might Be Inside) an upcoming project by The TEAM.

Recent sound design/composing credits include the Radical Craft Design Salon (TED Conferences), LAB RAT by A$AP Rocky (Sotheby’s/YouTube) and Eliza Bent’s Aloha, Aloha, Or When I Was Queen (Abrons Arts). Mr. Ellis also contributed compositions to the Arden Theatre’s 2018 production of The Bluest Eye.

From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Ellis was resident composer and saxophonist with pianist Trudy Silver at 5C Cafe and Cultural Center in New York City. As a jazz saxophonist, he has performed with Joseph Daley, Aaron Scott, and Shayna Dulberger.

Mr. Ellis earned his B.A. in music theory and ethnomusicology from Columbia University, studying ear training and counterpoint with pianist and composer Ramin Arjomand.

Mr. Ellis is also a piano tuner and technician, as well as a translator from Portuguese.

 
 
 

photo by Theo Cote