Ulrich Ellison was born and raised in Graz, Austria, though his ancestral roots go back to Ireland. After paying his dues in the rich Viennese music scene, a prestigious jazz scholarship enables him to settle in one of America’s musical hot spots – Austin TX. While working at his MM at UT’s jazz department he wins three sucessive Downbeat student awards in the category “Best Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist”. The diversity of the local scene ranging from blues, salsa, rock, indie to singer/songwriter turns out to be the perfect playground for developing a unique personal style. Ellison’s music is based in the blues rock tradition, with psychedelic and celtic elements, as well as jazz and classical. So far he has released three albums under his own name. His band, the “Ulrich Ellison Trio” has been on two European Tours. He has been a featured soloist of the Austin Pink Floyd show “Guess Who’s Pink” and the Austin Pops Orchestra. In 2012 he was listed #8 “Best New Band” and #2 “Best Instrumental” at the Austin Music Awards.
Ulrich Ellison Quick Facts
Austin-based guitarist and recording artist www.ulrichellison.com
over 200 shows per year, 3 independent releases (The last being funded by Kickstarter), 600+ personal mailing list, 2500+ Facebook and Myspace, 30,000+ Youtube, etc… Featured artist on www.patronism.com
Career highlights: featured in the Austin Pink Floyd Tribute show `Guess Who`s Pink?`, worked with Jose Feliciano, the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra and US artist Abra Moore;
3 successive international Downbeat student awards for the Blues/Rock soloist category, European Tours in Spring 2011/2012
MM University Vienna, MM in Jazz from UT Austin, Fulbright Scholarship
endorsements: Suhr Guitars, Grammatico Amps and Austin Speaker Works