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Robbie Ellis

Composer

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Born: 1984

Biography

Robbie Ellis was born on Auckland’s sunny North Shore and studied Composition at the University of Auckland. From 2008 to 2012 he worked as a producer and presenter for Radio New Zealand Concert in Wellington, and in 2012 he held the University of Otago Mozart Fellowship in Dunedin.

His works have been commissioned and performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, 175 East, Saxcess, the Jade String Quartet, Estrella, Auckland Youth Orchestra, the SMP Ensemble, Chamber Vulgarus and more. Aside from successes in the NZSO/Todd Corporation Young Composers and Douglas Lilburn Trust Competitions, he’s also won Best Music in Wellington’s 2009 Two Day Plays competition; Best Original Song in the Wellington section of the 2011 48 Hours Film Competition; and Judges’ Choice in Auckland’s Short+Sweet Song 2013.

As a performing musician Robbie has played piano, bass guitar, double bass, and many more objects besides. He’s performed styles as diverse as ska, funk, metal, salsa, bluegrass and Baroque in orchestras, choirs, jazz groups, and bands; and taken his comedy songs to venues around the country including at Arts Festival Dunedin.

He is a specialist in music for improvised theatre and has worked with improv companies across New Zealand, Australia, the USA and the Netherlands. Robbie also has done scripted theatre as a sound designer, composer, actor and director, is involved in the comedy scene, and founded the spontaneous songwriting night Song Sale in Dunedin and Auckland.

Robbie now lives in Chicago, home of Kanye West, Barack Obama, and pizza that resembles quiche. He finds work as a music director for improv, comedy and sketch.

ROBERT THOMAS ELLIS = TOLERABLE RIMSHOTS. Anagrams tell all.


Works (41)

#llamadrama

for solo piano, 12m 30s


Alla Marcia Brady

for a whole bunch of wind & brass, 5m


Annie & Joshua

for two actor-singers and piano


Bacon Madrigal

for SATB quartet or choir, 3m


Banda Chiflada

for saxophone quartet, 4m


Beatrice

a short orchestral feature for cor anglais, 1m


Cause I Couldn't Find a Tenor

for five-part male barbershop, 8m


Drying Music

microscore for piano solo, 30s


Fanfare 10

for orchestra, 5m


Fanfare of the Earth

for brass section, 5m


Fantasy for Bass Clarinet

one (1) solo piece that lasts two (2) ticks


Feral

for full orchestra, 5m 30s


Flttttt

microscore for violin and cello, 30s


Fragments of Noir

for string quartet


General Intransigence

for orchestra, 6m


Ha!

for solo violin and shouty chorus, 3m


Ha!

for solo viola and shouty chorus, 3m


Howler Monkey

for solo presenter, TTBB choir and hand drums, 4m


Huff

for saxophone quartet, 5m 30s


If Zack de la Rocha were a twelve-tone serialist composer

microscore for clarinet quartet, 30s


In meinem letzten Leiden

for orchestra, 10m


It Doesn't Go Up

microscore for clarinet quartet, 30s


Jane Austen Dance

for violin and piano, 1m 30s


Maeve

for piano and tape, 5m 30s


Play Some Metallica

for musical performer(s) numbering between 1 and ∞ inclusive and some munter in the audience, 30s


Relish in Immature Bombast

for organ, drum kit & orchestra, 12m


Root Vegetable Opera

recitativo ed aria grave for baritone and piano, 5m 30s


Root Vegetable Opera (orchestra arrangement)

arrangement for baritone and 20-piece orchestra, 5m 30s


Saying Grace

for SATB voices


Seven Banana Songs

a song cycle for soprano and piano, 14m


Sheepdog Plainchant

for solo voice, 1m 30s


Sonatina for Alto Saxophone and Piano

for alto saxophone and piano, 9m


Sonatina for clarinet and piano

for B flat clarinet and piano, 17m


Sugar Crystal

for clarinet quintet, 11m


The Ancient Thracian God of 'Huh?'

for clarinet, bass clarinet, bass trombone, cello and double bass, 8m


The Lover's Knot

for orchestra and actor, 11m


The Piano Tuner's Performance Appraisal

for eight hands/two pianos/four players/forty fingers


Trolling the Tuba

for brass trio, 2m