Thats what Downbeat magazine had to say in its june issue of 2008 (downbeat winner in the category best rock/pop soloist, college winner)
Guitarist Ulrich Ellison also loves to rock out. He currently plays in the Jazz Orchestra at University of Texas at...
That´s what Downbeat magazine had to say in its june issue of 2008 (downbeat winner in the category best rock/pop soloist, college winner)
Guitarist Ulrich Ellison also loves to rock out. He currently plays in the Jazz Orchestra at University of Texas at Austin where he is a first-year graduate student. (...) The powerful sound of Ellison´s guitar makes you want to follow his ways, as he lustfully moves around poetic ambient, heavy-hitting rock, tight funk grooves and hot jazz rock lines.
Austrian born Ulrich Ellison grew up in the 80´s listening to the music of artists Mike Oldfield, Peter Gabriel or The Police, but his parents´ LP collection also featured Django Reinhard, T-Bone Walker, SRV, Miles Davis and other jazz and blues greats. At an early age he was drawn to the piano. However, from early beginnings on he was fascinated in creating his own sounds, much to the despair of his piano teachers. The switch to guitar as his main instrument happened very naturally. In his mid-teens Ulrich discovered players like Jeff Beck, Scott Henderson, John McLaughlin, Weather Report, etc. After graduation he moved to Vienna and studied at the Viennese Music University. In Vienna he soon was to play with some of the most influential Austrian musicians. In 2006 Ulrich was accepted into the acclaimed Fulbright sponsorship program which enabled him to move to the USA to study jazz at UT Austin. As the winner of 2008´s Downbeat award in the category “best rock/pop soloist – college winner”, he has become a sought-after sideman in the Austin scene. Being exposed to Austin´s vital blues scene, he emerged as a band leader playing his original music. With his own group he has been finalist of the first annual “Heart of Texas” Blues Competition.
That´s what critics have to say about Ulrich and his compositions: “Ulrich Ellison is not your typical guitar hero. His compositions are driven by a force for expressing strong tones and ideas. As a modern storyteller on guitar he combines great tone with dazzling virtuosity. His debut CD “Tales From The Kingdom Electric” is an exciting and beautiful piece of music.” (guitar player zen, Aug 08 )