Gayle Ellett has been composing and producing music for over 35 years, has created music for more then 50 different television series, and has performed on more then 100 albums/CDs. He has extensive experience in a wide range of fields, including film and TV soundtracks, award-winning CDs, commercials, animations, computer games, art installations, educational websites, music libraries and numerous corporate applications.
In Brad Pitt's feature film "Year Of The Dog", Gayle Ellett's acoustic music creates a beautiful and traditional old-world mood. In Will Ferrell's film "Everything Must Go", Ellett's cinematic music is performed on a Japanese koto. Recently he has composed music for numerous film projects such as "Get Smart", "Kiss The Bride" (with Tori Spelling), "The Devil's Muse" (Directed by Ramzi Abed), "Out Of Left Field", "Combover", "Los Gringos" and many others.
He has created music for more then 50 different television series, including “General Hospital” and "Hard Copy" on ABC, "Swingtown" and "Rebecca's Garden" on CBS, "Next" and "Exposed" on MTV, "The Osbournes Reloaded" on FOX, "Bad Girls Road Trip" on Oxygen, "House Hunters International" on HGTV, "Surfer" and "Powder" on ESPN, "Clark Howard" on CNN/HLN, "Snowtrax" on the Outdoor Channel, "What's Going On?" on HalogenTV, "Strange Sex" on the Discovery Channel, "Superjail" on Cartoon Network, etc, as well as soundtrack music for TV shows airing on Bravo, PBS, OWN, The Movie Channel, The Movie Channel 2, Showtime, Showtime 2, Showtime 3, Showtime Women, Showtime Family, Showtime Next, Universal HD, TLC, EchoStar, InDemand, Soapnet, EWTN, the TBS Super Station, Netflicks, Hulu, and more.
He has also created music for numerous European and foreign TV series overseas as well. These include such TV shows as Australia's "Do Not Resuscitate" and "Great South East", Austria's "Schlemmerreise Um Die Welt", Belgium's "Forsthaus Falkenau", Canada's "Flavours Of The West" and "Chic", Finland's "Travel With Kids", Iran's "Behind The Camera", Isreal's "Mifgash Hashef" and "Shavua SOF", Italy's "Cortesie Per Gli Ospiti", Poland's "Wszystko Przed Nami", South Africa's "Top Billing", Switzerland's "Triple Play", United Kingdom's "Equitrekking", "At The Doctors" and "Distant Shores", and many others.
Grammy Award-winner Michelle Shocked hired Gayle Ellett to create and manage the all-acoustic "Topanga Mountain All Star Band" to perform on stage with Michelle, as her back-up band. He hired all the players and oversaw the rehearsals. On stage with Michelle Shocked he played Greek Bouzouki.
He has also worked on a few projects with two time Grammy Award-winner Alfonso Rodenas, at his private studio in Malibu.
And he recently did some session-recording, on Turkish cumbus and the extremely rare Wheel Harp (there are only four in existence), for the Grammy-nominated group Pretty Lights.
He has produced numerous award-winning albums, receiving such accolades as ROLLING STONE Magazine's "#2 Independent Album Of The Year" and BILLBOARD Magazine's "Critic's Choice Award".
As an example of his highly diverse body of work: ... he has composed & produced albums that have been in the "Top 10 Best Albums Of The Year" ... in five different styles: World, Rock, Jazz, New Age and Electronic!
Gayle Ellett has created many charity fund-raiser CDs such as "After The Storm" (which raised $40,000 for HABITAT FOR HUMANITY) and "Topanga Music Of The Mountains" and "Rhythms Of Topanga".
He plays a wide range of instruments such as: electric & acoustic guitar, Greek bouzouki, ruan, quirquincho, bulbul tarang, jal tarang, oud, koto, dotara, gimbri, dilruba, rababa, surmandal, tambura, ravanhasta, tumbi, bugchu, gopichand, cumbus, suling, harmonium, mizmar, manjira, shehnai, mandolin, flute, ocean drum, Tibetan singing bowls, piano & organ & analog synths, guitar synth, Theremin, upright bass, and other instruments.
Many of these exotic sounds can be heard in his all-acoustic ensemble FERNWOOD. Working with master sitar player Todd Montgomery and producer Wayne Yentis, FERNWOOD creates beautiful pan-cultural music with a strong cinamatic feel. They have released two CDs so far "Almeria" and "Sangita". Their debut release "Almeria" was chosen as "#4 Album Of The Year" by John Diliberto at ECHOES.ORG. They also have a live recording on the compilation "Still Echoes" with Al Di Meola and others. FERNWOOD can be heard regularly on National Public Radio - NPR.
He is one of the founding members of the internationally acclaimed Art-Rock group Djam Karet, which was formed 30 years ago in 1984, has released 17 CDs so far, and has received great reviews and awards in hundreds of magazines world-wide, including Rolling Stone Magazine's "#2 Independent Album Of The Year" and Billboard Magazine's "Critic's Choice Award" and many others. They recently head-lined a three-day Progressive Rock festival, held on the beach in France, called The Crescendo Festival.
ROLLING STONE Magazine (December 1989) described Gayle's music as "Inhabiting a unique sector where Pink Floydian dreamscapes intersect with the jagged complexity of King Crimson and the improv guitar-happenstance of the Grateful Dead."
GUITAR PLAYER Magazine (March 2011) described Gayle's music as "Skillful and evocative playing, majestic orchestrations, odd time signatures, and showcases their contributions to the progressive rock oeuvre."
He has also recently recorded tracks on CDs with members of King Crimson and Peter Gabriel's band, The Lovin' Spoonful's Randy Chance, EcoVillage (a Swedish Psychedelic band), RadioSeed, Sejdman, Emerald Empire, The Nihil Project (an Italian Psychedelic band), Zachary Crocker, CCA (Progressive), Djam Karet, Ukab Maerd (Electronic), Herd Of Instinct, Hillmen (Improvised Jazz), Steve Roach, Richard Pinhas (pioneer of French Electronic music) and with his own acoustic ensemble FERNWOOD. His Experimental Music album WINDS OF WAR was described as "The 'Apocalypse Now' of field recordings" by Progressive World. He has sold his music in a wide range of styles including Traditional WORLD music (available from any country), Acoustic Contemporary-Folk, Jazz, Progressive, Deep Electronic, Soundtrack, Hard Rock, and other styles. Owner of Firepool Records and HC Productions.
On this website you will find over two hours of music, a discography of over 100 albums, and more then 100 reviews from around the world.
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"#2 Independent Album Of The Year" ROLLING STONE magazine
"Critic's Choice Award" BILLBOARD magazine
"#2 Album Of The Year" ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN magazine
"#2 Album Of The Year" GAGLIARCHIVES
"#3 Album Of The Year" SEA OF TRANQUILITY
"#4 Album Of The Year" ECHOES.ORG
"#4 Album Of The Year" ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN magazine
"#6 New Age Album Of The Year" PULSE! magazine
"#6 Album Of The Year" GAGLIARCHIVES
"Top 10 Album Of The Year" DEEP LISTENING magazine
"Top 10 Album Of The Year" EXPOSE' magazine
"Top 20 Album Of The Year" PROGRESSOR