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Ellis Ludwig-Leone is the bandleader and songwriter for Brooklyn-based band San Fermin. Their second album, Jackrabbit, was released worldwide on April 21, 2015 via Downtown Records.

Ellis has written for a wide variety of ensembles, including ACME, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Decoda, Fifth House Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Metropolis Ensemble, and wild UP. He was the 2015 Composer-In-Residence for the Alabama Symphony, and has been a recipient of residencies from The MacDowell Colony, Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Við Djúpið festival in Iceland.

Ellis is the music director and resident composer for Troy Schumacher’s BalletCollective, having written five ballets for the group. In September 2015, the New York City Ballet premiered Common Ground, Ellis’ first commission from the company.

Upon graduating from Yale University in 2011, Ellis worked as a musical assistant for the composer Nico Muhly. Born in Rhode Island and raised in rural Massachusetts, Ellis currently lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.


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Sonsick (official Video)

directed by Benjamin Kutsko, 2013.


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San Fermin - Jackrabbit

Downtown Records, 2015

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San Fermin - San Fermin

Downtown Records, 2013.

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List of Works (selected)


Simple Machine for flute, clarinet, piano, guitar & double bass, 10’ (2016).

Until the Walls Cave In for oboe, piano, string quartet & electronic playback, 23’ (2016).

Invisible Divide for vocalist, oboe, guitar, piano, keyboard & string quartet, 24’ (2015).

All That We See for baritone saxophone, electric guitar, piano & string quartet, 19’ (2014).

Dear and Blackbirds multiple versions: for string quartet, for oboe quartet, 10’ (2014).

The Impulse Wants Company for piano quintet, 22’ (2013).

GROW for clarinet quintet, 8’ (2012).

Suite for Flute & Harp, 8’ (2012).

Four Short Pieces for String Quartet, 6’ (2011).

Secrets for cello, piano & electronic playback, 8’ (2009).



Common Ground for orchestra, 15’ (2015).

How To Fake Your Death for orchestra, 12’ (2015).

Cello Concerto for orchestra & solo cello, 11’ (2011).

4 Episodes for Orchestra and Electronics, for orchestra and electronic playback, 12’ (2011).



Sixty-Seven for children’s choir and large chamber ensemble, 15’ (2016).



Simpler Language for harp, 6’ (2016).

Night Loops for harp, looping pedal & electronics, 9’ (2014).

Elaborate Monument for piano, 8’ (2011).