Jerome Ellis is a Caribbean-American composer, improviser, multi-instrumentalist, and performer living in New York City. He creates electronic, ambient, and concert music both electronic and acoustic instruments, and often combines both in the same performance. Mr. Ellis has performed his music at venues like Lincoln Center, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, WKCR, and Joe's Pub. 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 and Jerome. Their works have been directed by Rachel Chavkin, Annie Tippe, and Andrew Scoville. James and Jerome have developed their work through BRIClab and The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, and they were members of the Public Theater's inaugural Devised Theater Working Group.
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 an apprentice piano technician with Floating Piano Factory, as well as a translator from Portuguese.
photo by Theo Cote