His inclination away from traditional "correctness" led him always to play beyond the written notes of classical music into uncharted territory.
With one foot in the classical world and one in the jazz world, Robert spent years accompanying ballet and modern dance companies, choirs, vocal teachers, playing clubs and concerts, writing songs, ensemble pieces and six symphonies. For the last five years he has been performing, as a trio leader, solo pianist, pianist/vocalist entertainer on cruise ships. He feels this a somewhat limited venue for sharing the breadth and height of his musical gifts, and so has embarked on a series of improvisational concerts and producing his music for CDs.
Highlights of his career include appearances on the tv shows "Boston Today" and the "Seattle Morning Show."
This music finally ascends to the level for which Robert James Ellis has wished for some time. Robert is determined to develop the acoustic sound of the piano which for about 300 years has been worked on by millions of artists...Robert takes up the torch for the continuing development of the sound of this lovely instrument and offers a bright and new path for the public's discernment. This CD is all acoustic solo piano save for one love song to his future wife.
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1. Echoes of Earth
2. Opus 34, No. 1, Lament for Linda
3. Planet 525
4. In a World of Our Own
5. Near the Town of Pachelbel
6. Echoes of Earth Upon Leaving Sector 47 on the Way to Alcyone in
7. Excerpts, Extrapolations, and Ecstatic Energies Amidst the Flux
8. Love Song of Abraham Lincoln
9. Tenderness, Trust, Friendship, Future