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Ravary Ramps Up For Debut Album

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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 producer 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.