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Ellis & Franklin

World class violinist/recording artist Theresa Ellis of Ellis & Franklin has helped pioneer the genre of Celtic Jazz. Though adept in a myriad of genres, from classical to country, Celtic music has always been in her blood.

Of Welsh heritage, Theresa hails from Detroit, Michigan where her musical education began at the young age of five. As an unassuming teenager, she recorded with the Motown String Sections. Her desire for an education in music led her to attend the Indiana University School of Music and she was awarded a scholarship to study in Vienna. However her career took a radical turn as she migrated to the heart of country music in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a performer in The Nashville Symphony, and was a featured fiddler/singer with legendary comedic country star Ray Stevens on the Grand Ole Opry.

Her winding musical path bought her to Salt Lake, Utah, where she currently resides. Already, a seasoned performer, she graduated from University of Utah with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. Her string quartet called String Zing! was featured at a luncheon with His Holiness Dalai Lama, and for the Farewell Reception for Mitt Romney, at the conclusion of the 2002 Winter Olympics. She married her musical partner and producer, James Franklin Anglesey, and the two recorded the full length Celtic Jazz CD, Ellis & Franklin’s Traveler in 1997, which received international acclaim and distribution. Their partnership was tragically cut short when James fell victim to cancer. Following the death of her husband and musical collaborator in 2005, Theresa withdrew from a life of public performance.

In 2011, she collected her determination and drive to make music again. With a desire to promote human wellness, she explores its connection with the relationship between musical harmonics and how they relate to the earth’s natural frequencies. She has resurrected her ensemble with stalwart bassist Stephen Wesson and re-branded the Celtic Jazz project SYNKOFA with two fresh faces in the lineup, eager to bring her unique style of music back to the stage.