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JJJJJerome Ellis

On his powerful, new album The Clearing, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer JJJJJerome Ellis masterfully weaves together the looping techniques of electronic music with acoustic and analogue elements to create an intimate and essayistic epic that reflects on time, blackness and identity. Ellis, who has a block stutter, allows the unintentional gaps in his vocals as another analogue permutation of his narrative-heavy music. On stage, JJJJJerome Ellisalso embraces these stutters — or as he calls them “clearings” — as spontaneous occurrences that challenge notions of temporality, identity and performativity.