I live in Brooklyn, NY.
Recent work includes EXPECTING AMY, a three-part film series by Amy Schumer for HBO Max; ABSTRACT: THE ART OF DESIGN, Season 2 on NETFLIX, winner of the 2019 IDA award for best documentary series; MARVEL 616 "The Marvel Method" for DISNEY+; and the EMMY-Nominated YEAR MILLION, a six-part documentary-drama series narrated by Laurence Fishburne on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. I have also composed the music for dozens of national television commercials; the award-winning feature documentary MORE THAN ME, starring Jim Breuer; the Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Narrative Short, THE SHOVEL (David Strathairn); television shows for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Quibi, VH1, TLC and Fine Living; and interactive projects for Marvel and Disney.
I was raised in a musical family; I studied piano with my father – pianist and Professor of Music at the University of Maryland, Ron Elliston. I began playing in clubs at age 14 and spent the majority of my life performing in every type of musical venue imaginable.
Some highlights include concerts with vocalists Stacey Kent, Rebecca Parris, and Giacomo Gates; performances with jazz legends Charles Davis and Valery Ponomarev; touring with my own trio throughout Southern and Eastern Africa; and collaborating with the New York City Ballet performing music I arranged for a series of performances in New York City and Provence, France.
Some more personal highlights include recreating a Dimebag Darrell guitar solo on keyboard while he listened on in a metal club in Texas; and playing show tunes with Neil Armstrong.
A three-part film series for HBO Max that follows Amy Schumer as she battles an extraordinarily difficult pregnancy while preparing for her comedy special.
Winner of the 2019 IDA AWARD for Best Episodic Series, NETFLIX’s Abstract: The Art of Design (Season 2) features episodes by Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (Won’t You Be My Neighbor, 20 Feet From Stardom), Oscar winner Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Free Solo), Brian Oakes (Jim: The James Foley Story), Jason Zeldes (Ugly Delicious), Claudia Woloshin (The Mind of a Chef), and Scott Dadich (Abstract: The Art of Design).
We were thrilled to reunite with director Brian Oakes to score an episode of Marvel 616. Our episode, "The Marvel Method", is all about Marvel Comics, and it allowed us to delve into the classic superhero music from the 60s, as well as imagine the new music that could be for "Iron Man 2020."
Year Million, an Emmy-nominated six-part documentary-drama series narrated by Laurence Fishburne, explores what it will be like to be human one million years into the future.
Featuring Donny McCaslin (sax), Kenny Rampton (trumpet) and Ethan Eubanks (drums)
Actor/comedian Jim Breuer, best known from "Saturday Night Live" and the film "Half Baked", set out in 2008 on his first stand-up tour in six years, taking his 84 year-old father along for the ride of his life. While struggling with the chores of caregiving and coming to terms with his father’s mortality, Jim is determined to strengthen their relationship while on the road. Funny and raw, "More Than Me" is an intimate story of growing up and growing old."More Than Me" was the winner of the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the United Film Festival New York.
Sketches, experiments and some other ideas that ended up on the cutting room floor while composing for Abstract: The Art of Design for Netflix.
Had a blast creating this experimental score to Jerry Decker's award-winning film.
For all business inquiries, I can be reached at BANG in New York City.