Bios: Jerome Ellis is a composer, improviser, and performer. He often works with storyteller James Monaco as the music-storytelling duo James and Jerome ( As a composer he was awarded a 2015 Fulbright Fellowship to research traditional samba performance and write new music in Salvador, Brazil. Recent solo projects include Variations and The River (Symphony No. 1). He is also an apprentice piano technician with Floating Piano Factory, as well as a translator from Portuguese.

James Harrison Monaco is a storyteller, writer, and musician. He and composer Jerome Ellis make up the music-storytelling duo James and Jerome ( His storytelling works are frequently directed by Rachel Chavkin, Andrew Scoville, and Annie Tippe. Recent James and Jerome projects include: Piano Tales (Lincoln Center Education, La MaMa, upcoming Joe's Pub at The Public)Museum (BRIC, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep), Aaron/Marie (Under The Rader Festival's INCOMING!, PRELUDE, ANT Fest), and They Ran and Ran and Ran (HERE Arts). Solo storytelling projects include Tales for Telling (Ars Nova's ANT Fest; Fresh Ground Pepper Playground) and Reception (HERE Arts, soloNOVA at The New Ohio). He co-wrote, performed in, and co-composed and performed the music for Andrew Scoville and Dave Tennant's Love Machine (Incubator Arts). As a dramaturg, he's worked with Howard Fishman, Dave Malloy, and Salty Brine. He also works as a fiction writer, drummer, and translator from Spanish and Italian.