saxophonist, composer, arranger (New York)
|1977/ 80: Attends Berklee College of Music and The New School.
1981/83: Performs with the Celestial Communication Orchestra (Alan Silva)
1985: Live Broadcasts for Radio France and FR3 TV. Records "What Else is New?"
with John Betsch, JJ. Avenel, Barry Wedgle, Jeff Beer and Bobby Few.
1986: Lives in Tokyo. Works with Masahiko Togashi, Fumio Itabashi, Sam Bennett, Tomohiro
Yahiro, Shiraishi Kazuo (poet), Pierre Clavreux and Tenko (singers) and Imamura Yukio
1987: Release of "WHAT ELSE IS NEW?" on the Japanese label PAN. Starts group
M.E.T.A. with Tom Alexander (tenor), Jun Saito (drums), Febian Reza Pane (piano) and
Benisuke Sakai (bass). M.E.T.A. performed regularly in different jazz clubs in the Tokyo
1988: M.E.T.A. 's first album : M.E.T.A. physics on PAN. Hibiya Jazz
Festival in Tokyo also performs with Motohiko Hino, Nobuyoshi Ino, Itaru Oki, Motoharu
Yoshizawa, Barry Wedgle, Natsumi Sawada, Todd Garfinkle and with dancers Min Tanaka
(buto), Naoko Ito, Nina B. (modem dance).
1989: Four concerts as a guest artist with Ray Anderson at the Shinjuku Pit Inn. M.E.T.A.
appears on a T.V. ASAHI live broadcast from the jazz club Bird in Yokohama also performs
with Derek Jackson, Jaye McGovern, Makoto Tereshita.
1991: Founds ART SOUND PRODUCTIONS in Paris. Performances with M.E.T.A. in Tokyo.
1992/93: Creates the ART SOUND OCHESTRA with Matthew Russell and Brice Wassy. Performances
with M.E.T.A. in Tokyo. Concerts in Chicago with Damon Short, Eric Schultz, John McClean
and Jeff Beer.
1994/95: Produces the A.S.O.'s first recording "Other Worlds " for EXIT Records,
and M.E.T.A.'s second recording "Metamorphosis", associate producer of Graham
Hayne's 1st release on Polygram "The Griots Footsteps", as well as performances
in Paris, Chicago and Tokyo.
1996-97: Performances in Paris with the A.S.O. Performs
with the Spirit of Life Ensemble in Paris and N.Y.
1998: Moves to New York. Concerts in Moscow with Alex Rostotsky. Founds the URBAN JUNGLE
1999: Plays in Russia at Alternativa New Music Festival (Moscow) and at Jazz Province'99
(ten cities in European Russia). Performs with Alex Rostotsky, Oleg Kireyev, Andrey
Kondakov, Leonid Vintskevich, The Second Approach and others.
NEW!!! 2001: Every Wednesday in March :
Mike Ellis & the Urban Jungle Orchestra.
Mike Ellis : soprano sax
Avram Fefer : tenor sax
Greg Glasman : trumpet
Noah Bless : trombone
Cynthia Hilts : piano, vocals
King B. : electric guitar
Carlo DeRosa : bass
Bruce Cox : drums
Daniel Moreno : percussion
Jorge Amorim : percussion
Walker Stage, 56 Walker St, two blocks south of Canal between :
Church & Bwy
Shows : 9:00 & 10:30 PM
Open Jam Session @ midnight
- Mike Ellis and M.E.T.A: Inner City Blues from
"Metamorphosis", M.A. Recordings, 1996
- Mike Ellis and Art Sound Orchestra: Metamorphosis from "Other
Worlds", Exit Records, 1995
Mike Ellis live in Russia, 1998 (recorded live in Obninsk near Moscow, Russia):
- Trade Winds (Mike Ellis)
- Freedom Jazz Dance (Eddie Harris)
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