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Elissa Goodrich

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,

Her sound-art works have featured internationally in Centro de Cultura Contemporanea Barcelona (Spain), Soundwaves and Lightworks festivals (UK), Museum of Otago (NZ) and Tempo Reale (Italy). Elissa also works in independent theatre, dance and audio-visual productions with long-term Australian collaborators including theatre director Bagryana Popov, contemporary dancer Sara Black, film-maker Michael Carmody and visual artist Gabby O’Connor.

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'The Gorgeous album “States of Play”. Perfect for after dark” Julia Lister - ABC Classic FM for States of Play CD, Newmarket Music/ CD Baby (2013)

‘Beautiful music…their music draws you in closer and closer’ Julia Lester, ABC Classic Drive, 17.09.2009, for Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble’s Worlds Within Worlds CD, Newmarket Music/ CD Baby (2008)

‘Exquisite calm, torn by spiritual longing. … an ear-opening testimony an exciting new format.’ John Jenkins, “From Page to Stage” The Australian, Arts, 17.10.2007 (Elissa’s Worlds Within Worlds - song cycle for Voiceprints, performance by Elissa Goodrich and Ria Soemardjo - Melbourne International Arts Festival) ‘The spine-tingling music, directed and composed by Elissa Goodrich, was a highlight of the play.’ Emma Kathryn, Theatre People Review (March 2011) for Cafe Scheherazade

‘This performance work was frankly beautiful and beguiling..

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