Rhythm- Greg Ellis
Los Angeles based Greg Ellis is a Master drummer, multi-instrumentalist and composer born and bred in the Bay Area.
He has recorded and performed with some of the greatest musicians and drummers in the world, including Indian tabla virtuosos Ustad Zakir Hussain and 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, Morocco 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.”
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 regenerative power of organic frequencies and tones, 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, rhythm workshops and music therapy programs at schools and hospitals across America and the world.
More recently, Ellis participated in a ceremonial performance opening the exhibition “Intuition,” curated by Axel Vervoodt and Daniela Ferretti as part of adjunct programming at the Palazzo Fortuny during the 2017 Venice Biennale, presented his talk/performance “The Politics of Rhythm” in collaboration with Rutgers Professor Efe Khayaat as guest lecturer at Rutgers University in February 2018 as well as at The Woolf Institute of Comparative Studies, in Cambridge, England, April 2018. In May-June 2017, Ellis contributed sound design and percussion for interdisciplinary artist Frances Stark’s film version of Mozart’s famous opera “The Magic Flute,” which premiered at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) in May 2018.
In October 2018, Ahmad Kiorastami signed on to co-produce the project.
Ideas- A. Bakhle
A. Bakhle studied Mass Communication and Film (Emerson College, Boston) before arriving in Los Angeles.
After initially working with A-List Hollywood producers, Ms. Bakhle 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, Ms. Bakhle collaborated with Ellis to develop the conceptual framework for RhythmPharm, a space where time is compounded in the form of rhythm and prescribed as 100% organic audio-pharmaceuticals intended to invigorate optimal functioning of one’s ‘inner pharmacy.’
Ms. Bakhle wears many hats in her myriad roles at RhythmPharm. As process-based artist, writer, independent researcher & tactical media strategist, she dedicates herself to harnessing the power of time-worn aesthetics and conscientious mass 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.