Composer of music for film, tv, commercials; also performer pianist, vocalist, trio. Jazz, classical, pop, country, r&b, swing, orchestral, etc. (most genres)
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Sep 26, 2009|Other - Design|$150|Working
Sep 8, 2009|Other - Multimedia Services|$200|Completed
At the age of 5, Robert Ellis taught himself to improvise by staring at the piano keys for an hour. Then he began to play, and he's been improvising and composing ever since. At age seven he began his classical piano training. In college, he studied classical and jazz performance, composition, and orchestration at the University of Washington.
His inclination away from traditional "correctness" led him always to play beyond the written notes of classical music into uncharted territory. Through his hands familiar themes take on new color and vitality longed for by audiences who, while they love classical music, want more than simply repetition of the exact same music they've been hearing for years.
With one foot in the classical world and one in the jazz world, Robert spent years accompanying ballet and modern dance companies, choirs, vocal teachers, playing clubs and concerts, writing songs, ensemble pieces and nine symphonies. For many years Ellis performed on cruise ships as a trio leader, solo pianist, pianist/vocalist entertainer on cruise ships. He has more recently embarked on a series of improvisational concerts and producing his music for CDs. He has written hundreds of instrumental pieces, some of which you can sample on the CD Album I and II pages. He is also involved in composing for multimedia applications.
Highlights of his career include appearances on the TV shows "Boston Today" and the "Seattle Morning Show;" also the Cine Bar and Grill of the...
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2005 - Present
I accompany ballet classes 3-5 days a week. I compose the music while I play for them. I've composed thousands of pieces this way, but since they're not recorded, they're gone--then I play new ones.
Performer pianist and vocalist, trio leader
1986 - Present
I have composed about 40 jazz pieces which I play at gigs. Also I have composed about 250 instrumentals using Garageband since being contacted by a publisher a couple of years ago. I didn't like...