Jelloslave, which originally formed as a duo in 2003 by cellists Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, has since become an established quartet with the addition of drummer Greg Schutte and Gary Waryan on tablas. Known for their dynamic improvisational compositions, the foursome pours heart and soul into an eclectic original repertoire ranging from mesmerizing fusions of jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Indian rhythms, to surprising pop music interpretations. Jelloslave’s two critically acclaimed CD’s, Touch It, released in 2006, and Purple Orange, released in April 2010 feature original compositions by cellists Michelle Kinney and Jacqueline Ultan, as well as arrangements of compositions by other artists such as Leonard Cohen and Astor Piazolla. Jelloslave has been a featured act at some of the Twin Cities most prominent festivals and venues, including St. Paul’s Concrete and Grass and Sur Seine Festivals, The Northrop Summer Music Series, Macy’s Day of Music, Mill City Live Summer Concert Series, Walker Art Center, Cedar Cultural Center, Southern Theater, and many more.
Michelle Kinney is a passionate and intrepid genre-hopping cellista. Michelle performs her own compositions with the cello/drum quartet Jelloslave, the Pipa, Veena and Cello trio Butterfly, and the new large improvising ensemble.
Jacqueline Ultan graduated from YALE University with a Master’s Degree in performance. Jacqueline’s unique versatility as a cellist, composer and collaborator has put her in demand among some of the world’s foremost artists in new and creative music, including
Gary Waryan comes from a very musical family. He began his musical explorations on guitar before discovering his passion for Tablas. He studied classical Hindustani music tradition in depth, with Marcus Wise & Ustad Diem Ali Quadri, and has been performing in the Twin Cities community for over 35 years.