Elliott Grabill is a composer of classical and electronic music, based out of Baltimore. His compositions have been described as imaginative, hauntingly beautiful, journey-like, and American in style. He sometimes performs under the stage name Sir Microtonal.
For over a decade he has written music for ensembles such as Pique Collective, Dark in the Song, the Washington Men’s Camerata, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, and Quartetto Apeiron, as well as collaborating with artists of other media like Danielle Madrid, Vin Grabill, and the Black Cherry Puppet Theatre. Soloists such as Peter Sheppard-Skaerved, Hila Zamir, Melissa Lander, Shawn Earle, Andrew Im, Tae Ho Hwang, Michele Jacot, and Andrea Cheeseman have also taken on his work. In the mid-Atlantic region his work has been performed or screened at the Rosebud Film Festival, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Windup Space, Reverb, the Black Cherry Puppet Theatre, the Peabody Thursday Noon Concert Series, the UVA Technosonics Festival, the Temple University Conwell Dance Theatre, and American University. His work has also been featured at Electroacoustic Barndance, the Athens International Film and Video Festival, inner sOUndscapes, the International Computer Music Conference, the SEAMUS Conference, the New York City Electronic Music Festival, June in Buffalo, highSCORE, the National Student Electronic Music Event, and the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium.
Elliott currently teaches math at a state prison, and has historically taken on non-musical jobs as a means of earning a living. He’s sold mattress covers, bussed tables, worked for an insurance firm, fixed piano benches, and taught in public schools. He struggles with a seizure disorder that has threatened his life multiple times.
Teachers include G. Bradley Bodine, Steven Coxe, Matthew Burtner, Kirk Nurock, Judah Adashi, McGregor Boyle, Geoff Wright, Amy Beth Kirsten, Jason Eckardt, Michael Hersch, and every musician who has taught him how to write for their instruments.