Jerome Ellisis an Afro-Caribbean composer, improviser, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, 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' music has been presented by institutions like Lincoln Center Education, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, WKCR, and Joe's Pub. He is an artist in residence at Lincoln Center Theater. As a composer Mr. Ellis was awarded a 2015 Fulbright Fellowship to research samba performance and write new music in Salvador, Brazil.
Mr. Ellis is one half of the music-storytelling duo James & Jerome, whose works have been directed by Rachel Chavkin, Annie Tippe, and Andrew Scoville. Recent James & Jerome projects include: Piano Tales (La MaMa, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center Education, etc.), Ink (The Brick, BRIC Arts Media), and Aaron/Marie (Under The Radar Festival, Ars Nova). 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. Recent sound design/composing credits include: LAB RAT by A$AP Rocky (Sotheby’s/YouTube), Eliza Bent’s Aloha, Aloha (Abrons Arts), and The Bluest Eye (with Mikaal Sulaiman, Arden Theatre). 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.