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Ravary Ramps Up For Debut Album

Ellis stands in wooded area with cloud graphic floating behind him.
Mike Lento

Justin Ravary Ellis is no stranger around the Triangle music scene. The multi-instrumentalist has played bass in — and fronted — multiple bands and often has a number of collaborative projects on the go. But in 2015 he made the explicit decision to carve out more space and time for something a little more intimate.

His solo act, Ravary, features Ellis on guitar, bass, vocals, keyboard, drums and more. The artist nimbly swaps instruments and weaves in synths and loops to craft a rich sound that spotlights his skills. His debut album is set to be released later this year. Ellis joins host Frank Stasio in studio for a live performance and conversation along with collaborators Jones Bell on keyboard and vocals and Eli Howells on violin and vocals. Ellis also talks about how his upbringing as an Anglo-Quebecois and how his Quebecois identity has influenced his work. Ravary performs at Local 506 in Chapel Hill on Friday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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