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Jerome Ellis

Composer, Improviser, Theater Artist

New York City

Select venues where I have performed: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, MASS MoCA, Joe’s Pub, WKCR, Sotheby’s, YouTube live stream, Ars Nova

Awards: 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellow; 2015 Fulbright Fellowship in Salvador, Brazil to study Afro-Brazilian composition and performance and to compose new music

Education: BA in Music, Columbia University 2011 (studied composition, ethnomusicology, and music theory); private studies in species counterpoint with composer Ramin Arjomand

Artist in residence at: Lincoln Center Theater (ongoing); Sundance Institute Theatre Lab (Winter 2018); Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Summer 2018); New York York Theatre Workshop/Adelphi University (Summer 2018); Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Summer 2017); BRIC Arts Media (Spring 2016)

Teaching: private saxophone and piano lessons (2015-present)

Theater/Immersive (partial list)

● Composer, writer, and performer; INK; co-created with James Harrison Monaco, directed by Rachel Chavkin and Annie Tippe; Metropolitan Museum of Art/Under the Radar Festival (Winter 2019); Exponential Festival (Winter 2018); BRIClab Residency (Spring 2016); GroundFloor Residency at Berkeley Rep (Summer 2017);

● Composer and sound designer; LAB RAT BY A$AP ROCKY; directed by Ellie Heyman; Sotheby’s (live streamed on YouTube); Spring 2018

● Composer; THE BLUEST EYE; directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges; Arden Theatre; Spring 2018

● Sound designer and composer; ALOHA, ALOHA, OR WHEN I WAS QUEEN; written by Eliza Bent; directed by Knud Adams; Abrons Arts Center; Spring 2018

● Composer and performer; HIGH WINDS; written by Sylvan Oswald; directed by Ellie Heyman; Dessert! at NYTW Next Door (Spring 2018); Abrons Arts Center (Fall 2017); LAX Festival (Fall 2017);

● Composer and performer, PIANO TALES, co-created with James Monaco, directed by Andrew Scoville; Lincoln Center Education (Fall 2017/Spring 2018); Joe’s Pub (Fall 2017, Summer 2018); La Mama (Fall 2016);

● Composer and performer; AARON/MARIE, co-created with James Harrison Monaco, directed by Rachel Chavkin and Annie Tippe; Under The Radar at The Public Theater's Incoming! Festival (Winter 2015); Joe's Pub (Summer 2014); Ars Nova (Summer 2013); Prelude Festival (Fall 2013)

● Composer and sound designer; DEBUTANTE, directed by Annie Tippe; Ars Nova/Bernie Wohl Community Center (Summer 2013/Spring 2014)

● Composer and performer; LOVE MACHINE, directed by Andrew Scoville; The Incubator (Spring 2013)

Other music (partial list)

● TWO PSALMS for chamber ensemble and choir; Jerome Ellis Apartment Concert (Spring 2018)

● THURSDAY LULLABY; On Air Fest and On Air Fest podcast (Spring 2018)

● VARIATIONS for electronics and piano; JACK (Summer 2013)

● SYMPHONY NO. 1 “THE RIVER” for electronics, saxophone, and piano; Littlefield (Fall 2014); JACK (Summer 2013);

● HYMNAL for electronics and saxophone; WKCR (Fall 2008); Art Papers Auction (Spring 2009)

● SEVERAL WINDOWS for electronics and saxophone; Columbia University (Spring 2009)

● CONSTRUCTION for piano, violin, clarinet, vibraphone, and cello (performed by Talea Ensemble at Columbia University, fall 2008)

● Solo piano compositions: “The Heights,” “Pace,” “Lullaby,” “Great Plains,” “Sonata,” “Music for Spring” (performed at a solo recital, spring 2011, Shetler Studios, NYC)

● Composer and performer in collaboration (2008-2013) with pianist Trudy Silver, performing most frequently at 5C Cafe and Cultural Center


● Composer, METROPOLITAN TRIANGLE GARDEN, created by Rui Hu, Spring 2018


photo by Gema Galiana