Warren Ellis


Warren Ellis (born 1965) is an Australian multi-instrumentalist and composer, best known for his work with Dirty Three, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Grinderman and his soundtrack scores with Nick Cave. He plays violin, piano, bouzouki, guitar, flute, mandolin, and tenor guitar. Ellis is also known for his excessive and eccentric, though amusing banter between songs during Dirty Three live shows. Ellis currently lives in Paris with wife Delphine Ciampi and their two children Rosco and Jackson. Life and career Ellis was born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Ellis moved from Ballarat, in regional Victoria, to Melbourne, and completed a Diploma of Education in Music and English; studied classical violin, traveled, busked, and performed chamber music. He spent a few years teaching in secondary schools before resigning; wrote music for theatre groups and performed at art openings and plays in Melbourne and then begun playing with Melbourne bands. Before ...