bio

Elliot Vaughan

Elliot Vaughan is a composer, violist and artistic collaborator who splits his time between Wellington and Vancouver. His music explores space, acoustics, genre, physicality and embodiment. He focuses on creating within collaborative, interdisciplinary projects in addition to concert music. His output includes orchestral, chamber and solo instrumental works, acousmatic and mixed music, and songs.

As a composer Elliot has worked on theatre projects with Urban Ink Productions, Robert Leveroos, Leaky Heaven, elysse cheadle, Touchstone Theatre, and others; dance shows with Rob Kitsos, DesirÉe Dunbar, Julie Lebel, and others; concert music for Plastic Acid Orchestra, various soloists and ad hoc local chamber ensembles; scored four short films; released records under his own name, as iffy south, with The End Tree, and Jay  Malinowski & The Deadcoast; done arrangements for Corey Payette's Children of God, albums by Dom Fricot, David Ward, Joanna Chapman-Smith and others; and had his music performed in 17 countries.

Elliot's primary instrument is the viola. He is known for inventiveness and dexterity with timbral techniques, and works in the art pop realm as well as New Music and classical. Elliot has toured Europe, the UK, and Canada with The Deadcoast and The End Tree; performed with over 30 other acts; and appeared on over a dozen records. He is also proficient at the guitar, accordion, keyboard instruments and singing.

Elliot is currently undertaking a Masters of Musical Arts at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, creating theatrically informed music, studying under Michael Norris and Dugal McKinnon. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in composition from Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts where he studied with Owen Underhill and Barry Truax.