Cellist Kate Ellis is a versatile musician dedicated to the performance and exploration of all new music. With an interest in the use of electronics and visual art Kate has commissioned and premiered works by numerous Irish and International composers and has performed and broadcast in Australia, the USA, Europe and China. Kate has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Iarla O Lionaird, Gavin Friday and Karan Casey and plays regularly with Tarab, Yurodny and the Ergodos Musicians.
Kate is artistic director of Crash Ensemble, Ireland's leading new music group, with whom she has been Cellist since 2002. As a member of Crash, Kate has collaborated with Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, Terry Riley, Dawn Upshaw, Iarla O Lionaird and Gavin Friday, and has premiered works by Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigursson and Donnacha Dennehy. She has performed at the Canberra International Music Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon (NYC), Electric Picnic, with residencies at the 2012 Huddersfield International Contemporary Music Festival and Princeton University and performances at the Barbican Centre, Kings Place, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre.
Driven by the need to present music outside of the concert hall, Kate co-founded the highly successful monthly 'Kaleidoscope Night' in Dublin, showcasing the amazing array of talented musicians and composers that Ireland has to offer. As musician in residence at the Cork Opera House, Kate co-curated a festival marking the 75th birthday year of Steve Reich, in the presence of the composer, who said of Kate 'she has my unbounded admiration'. Kate has joined forces with 6 diverse musicians, a visual artist and a poet for RESOUND, a new project specifically curating shows for festivals and special events and locations including Dublin Contemporary, the National Gallery of Ireland, St. Patricks Festival and Culture Night.
Future projects include a newly commissioned work from Double Bass player Barry Guy, performances with Gavin Bryars, solo shows with visual artist Rory Tangney and a collaboration with Jazz Musician Francesco Turrisi and singer Savina Yannatou. In August 2014 Kate will release her first solo CD of new works for cello and electronics on the Diatribe label.