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Brian Ellis

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Brian Ellis is a multi-instrumentalist from San Diego,
California. He has released several albums under his own name and monikers, as well as with his groups Astra and PEA. Influenced by an endless array of music, from free jazz to old school electro, no genre is safe from Brian Ellis’ production.

Under his own name he has released “Cosmic Perspective”, “Free Way”, and “The Silver Creature”, on the scottish music label “Benbecula Records” which is also home to the artist “Christ” (3rd Ex Member of Boards of Canada). These releases are all of which fall into the psychedelic jazz/fusion category, filled to the brim with live instruments like guitars, saxophones, organs, electric pianos, drums, etc.

Whereas his releases, “TECH-NOIR” and “Yellow
Light District” as “Brian E” see electro, disco, and funk
alltogether in an all-electronic mix.

Brian was also involved with “Free Festival”, an electronic, psychedelic folk music project which involved Brian Grainger of “Milieu”.

Brian is perhaps best known as lead guitarist for the progressive rock group ASTRA, who have had critical acclaim from magazines such as Classic Rock, Record Collector and even appeared on a cd which came free with the Mojo magazine as the issue was all about the 30 years anniversary of Pink Floyd’s - The Wall, and Astra was one of the bands that got featured on this cd doing a cover version of the song “Empty Spaces”, turning it into a psychedelic epic.

Throughout the past 2 years Brian has found himself in the producers chair on several tracks with old school legend “The Egyptian Lover”, and even found himself in the studio with Sri-Lankin rapper “M.I.A.”.

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