Alex Ellsworth

The Silver Hour EP

Release on October 7th


Cellist, Songwriter, Interdisciplinary Artist, Collaborator


Writing poetic lyrics and dreamlike arrangements for strings, horns, drums and electronics. Founding member of the performance collective, Mocrep, and touring cast member of cinematic shadow puppetry company, Manual Cinema. Featured in the Chicago premier of Ghost Quartet by Broadway composer, Dave Malloy. Music Director of non-profit music program, MUSIC Inc Chicago.

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Still, you’ll be awed by Ellsworth and his brilliant ability to use his cello as multiple instruments by bowing, plucking, striking the strings or playing the bloody thing sideways like a guitar!
— Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times
...TJ Anderson, Alex Ellsworth, Rachel Guth and Amanda Raquel Martinez — are all talented and charming and, in a couple of spots, their harmonizing under musical director Nick Sula is really beautiful. You want to spend more time with these folks, especially given the pleasures of the music...
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“I was truly blown out of the water when I checked out a double bill of Tedium and Other Sensations at The Neo-Futurists. So innovative, unsettling, and clever in transforming a space and preconceptions of what performance can be.”
— Chicago Theater Triathlon

The Silver Hour EP

by Alex Ellsworth with Zach Good, Matt Smalligan, Zach Moore and Amanda Bailey

The Silver Hour EP is a whimsical and haunting storytelling album with images of nocturnal cityscapes and live music venues. The full band arrangements draw from chamber pop, folk, jazz, electronic, ambient and classical influences.