Rhythm- Greg Ellis
Los Angeles based Greg Ellis is a master drummer and multi-instrumentalist born and bred in Northern California.
He has recorded and performed with some of the greatest musicians and drummers in the world, including Indian tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain, Bickram Ghosh, famed Japanese taiko drummers KODO, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Brazilian percussion master Airto Moriera, legendary Indian singer Laxshmi Shankar, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, South Africa’s Amanpondo and M’abe Thobejane, as well as master musicians from Iran and Turkey.
While also recording with diverse artists from Billy Idol to Beck, he co-founded his own world music group VAS, released four critically acclaimed albums on Narada World/EMI Records and a solo CD of his own compositions titled “Kala Rupa.”
Having been a member of the noted psy-trance act Juno Reactor, Ellis is also actively engaged in creating real-time music with his multi-genre music collective known as o.r.e.
As composer and session musician for film and television, his drum-set and percussion beds can be heard in the major motion pictures The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions, Fight Club, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Dawn Of The Dead, Dukes of Hazzard, The Devil’s Rejects, Brave Story, 300, Watchmen, and Argo, among many others.
A staunch advocate for the healing power of ‘organic’ rhythm and music, Ellis co-presented a seminar at the National Conference for the American Music Therapists Association in 2001 and was accepted to speak at the 2002 World Conference on Music Therapy in Oxford, England. He has facilitated drum circles and music therapy programs at schools and hospitals across America.
Ideas- Aparna Bakhle
Mumbai, India born Aparna Bakhle studied Mass Communication and Film at Boston’s Emerson College before coming to Los Angeles in 1995.
After working with A-List producers, Aparna ventured into New Media publishing. As Director of Acquisitions for the flagship title SHORT Cinema Journal as well as several other titles being published by the VC funded New Media start-up 2014 Publishing, she programmed original content for the first series of DVDs in a distribution deal with both PolyGram Films and Warner Home Video at the launch of the DVD player in 1997.
She also worked with interactive movie marketing firm Standard 8 Media, hired by both Sony Pictures Entertainment and MGM among others to help develop online marketing strategies for movies like XXX, Die Another Day, Maid in Manhattan and many more.
As her desire to live and work more authentically grew, Aparna collaborated with Greg to develop the conceptual framework for RhythmPharm, a space where time is grown in the form of rhythm and then prescribed as 100% organic audio-pharmaceuticals intended to invigorate optimal functioning of one’s ‘inner pharmacy.’
Aparna wears many hats in her myriad roles at RhythmPharm. She is also Managing Editor of fabrik Magazine, an LA-centric quarterly print publication profiling contemporary art & design. As an independent researcher/writer/content strategist, she is dedicated to harnessing the power of media to cultivate greater empathy for those open to hearing.
Creative- Alex Gardos
Born and brought up in Santa Monica, California, Designer Alex Gardos’ graphic sensibilities are informed by almost 6 years of traveling the world, after which he attended and graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Graphic Design and Visual Communication. He became immersed in the dotcoms of San Francisco and worked for several internet start-ups creating branding and visual identities, as well as working on web-sites and user interface designs for CD-ROM and kiosk style applications. He continued consulting with companies on creative marketing and visual concept directions. After the dot-com bust, Alex moved back to Los Angeles, started a family and opened option e+a, his own graphic design shop which focuses on simple clean design solutions for print and web.
Alex is also an instructor and IT consultant for the Graphic Design Department of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where he teaches a diverse curriculum which includes: Typography, Web Design, Logo/Symbols, Advanced Graphic Concepts and a variety of Design Studios.