Elissa is a percussionist (vibraphone & marimba), composer and sound designer. Elissa began her training in classical percussion, but was soon drawn to improvisation and jazz as well, as a way of communicating with other musicians and performers in freer and instant forms. Jazz colleagues and artists from various fields such as pianist Clare Shannon, dramaturg Paul Monaghan and leading international artists from various artforms such as Pina Bausch continue to provide a lasting inspiration in Elissa’s own explorations in improvised music.
Elissa has performed her music in festivals including Melbourne International Arts Festival and Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival. She has recorded and performed as a sessional musician in numerous contemporary classical, jazz and pop music outfits and has co-led the world-jazz Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble with pianist Clare Shannon with 2 CD releases and 2 nominations for 2009 Australian Jazz Work of the Year from their Worlds Within Worlds CD, www.cdbaby.com/shannongoodrich2. ...
Awards2013 City of Melbourne Grant for Conversations' concerts at Chapter Hopuse 2010 - co-winner of the Green Room Award - production for dir. Bagryana Popov’s Progress and Melancholy 2009/2010 - Elissa State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship recipient for her Child’s Play project. 2009 - Nomination for APRA’s 2009 Australian Jazz Work of the Year for Beyond Both Worlds from Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble’s Worlds Within Worlds CD. 2008 - Australia Council for the Arts – Music grant for Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble’s States of Play 2007 - Arts Victoria Music for the Future – grant for Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble’s Worlds Within Worlds 2007 - Sidney Myer Arts and Humanities grant for Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble’s Worlds Within Worlds 2006 – Australia Council for the Arts – Interarts grant – for Elissa Goodrich’s residency at Performance Space/ QUT and the Museum of Otago installation.
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