JJJJJerome Ellis. Artist Talk

Tune,


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Language
Tune in English
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Admission
Free admission

Event overview

Artist Talk: JJJJJerome Ellis

JJJJJerome Ellis is a composer, producer, writer, and multi-instrumentalist, who through his diverse body of work explores relationships between Blackness, disabled speech, divinity, nature, sound, and time. With an improvisational and theatrical approach, he interweaves the saxophone, piano, synthesizer and sampler, layering melodies and rhythms, to powerfully elicit the healing potential of sound. 

His most recent release, The Clearing (2021), is a rich work, blending spoken word with ambient and jazz textures, and experimental electronics. Through this he frames speech disfluency, stuttering in particular, as a space for possibility rather than a pathology, creating a powerful connection with music and its ability to open time.

For ”Tune”, in a series of improvisational performances, he will use sound and text to create ceremonies for gratitude and remembrance. The ceremonies will honour enslaved ancestors, the natural world, and the Stutter as a way of being. Using piano, saxophone, hammered dulcimer, and voice, he will create a series of sonic “clearings”—soundscapes that honour the Stutter’s ability to resist linear time and create space for reflection.