Warren Ellis (born 1965) is an Australian musician and composer. He is a member of several groups: Dirty Three, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Grinderman. He has also composed film scores with Nick Cave. Ellis plays violin, piano, bouzouki, guitar, flute, mandolin, tenor guitar, and viola. Ellis has been a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds since the mid-nineties.
Life and career:
Ellis was born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Ellis has said that his ancestors were English, two of his ancestors came from Birmingham, England. He won a scholarship to a private high school, Ballarat Grammar, then studied classical violin, worked briefly as a schoolteacher in regional Victoria after completing a degree - a Diploma of Education in Music and English; he then travelled and busked in Greece, Hungary, Scotland and Ireland; wrote music for theatre groups and performed at art openings and plays in Melbourne, before he started playing in bands in the early nineties. Before forming in 1992, the Dirty Three, with Jim White and Mick Turner, Ellis played with several groups and individuals: Paranoid; the Nursing Mothers; The Slub, which also included Mick Turner; These Future Kings, Charlie Marshall & The Body Electric, The Blackeyed Susans, and Dave McComb of The Triffids.
In 1995, Ellis was invited to play with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on a recording; he remained with the band and continues to play and record with the Bad Seeds, and Grinderman, formed as a spin-off group from the Bad Seeds, who have released two albums.
In 2002, Ellis released a solo album on King Crab records called Three Pieces for Violin. Since 2005 he has played on several Marianne Faithfull albums, and collaborated with Nick Cave exclusively; the two composed the award-winning score of the film The Proposition, and then collaborated again on the scores of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and The Road.
In 2009, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis released White Lunar - an album that includes other soundtrack scores.
Ellis has lived in Paris since 1998 with his French wife and their two children.
Cat Power' album You Are Free violin on Good Woman,
The Blackeyed Susans' album All Souls Alive,
Kim Salmon's album "Hey Believer",
David McComb's album Love of Will,
"Hell's Coming Down" from the album Riot City Blues, with Primal Scream.,
Slight Delay album by Loene Carmen,
Also performed with the Chicago burlesque queen Maya Sinstress in early 2000.,
"Crazy Love" by Marianne Faithfull/Nick Cave, with Isabelle Huppert.,
Jim Yamouridis' album Into the Day,
Theo Hakola's album "Drunk Women and Sexual Water" (2008),
Film and theatre scores with Nick Cave:
Woyzeck, theatre score (2005), adaptation by Gísli Örn Gardarsson.,
The Proposition, soundtrack (2005).,
Metamorphosis, theatre score (2006),
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, soundtrack (2007).,
The English Surgeon, soundtrack (2007).,
The Road, soundtrack (2009).,
The Girls of Phnom Penh, soundtrack (2009).,
Lawless soundtrack (2012).,
Days Of Grace, soundtrack (2012).,
West of Memphis: Voices For Justice, soundtrack (2013).,
2005 AFI Awards: Best Original Music Score (The Proposition),
2005 Inside Film Awards: Best Music (The Proposition),
2005 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards: Best Musical Score (The Proposition),
2010 Kermode Awards: Best Score (The Road)