Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Jelloslave is a quartet of two cellos, tablas and drums, known for their tuneful, grooving and genre-bending improvisational compositions, and high energy, emotionally provocative performances, that reveal the groups' deep ensemble connection.


Jelloslave Bio, 2011

Jelloslave cellists/composers Michelle Kinney and Jacqueline Ultan have been performing together since 2003. They are in demand as a duo and individually among some of the world's foremost artists in new and creative music. They are known for their contributions to the work of LOU REED, SHERYL CROW, THE JAYHAWKS, DAN WILSON, NATALIE MERCHANT, among many others.

In 2005 Jelloslave became 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 critically acclaimed debut CD, Touch It, released in 2006, was named by JOHN SCHAFER of NPR’s NEW SOUNDS AS BEING AMONG THE TOP 10 CDs he would want with him if marooned on a desert island. Like Touch It, Jelloslave’s follow up CD, Purple Orange, released in April 2010, features originals by cellists Michelle Kinney and Jacqueline Ultan, as well as arrangements of songs by other artists such as Leonard Cohen and Astor Piazolla.

Jelloslave has been a featured act at the Twin Cities most prominent festivals and venues, including 1st AVENUE, WALKER ART CENTER, CEDAR CULTURAL CENTER, Southern Theater, 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, and many more.

Michelle Kinney is currently on the faculty of the University of Minnesota as Musician in Residence in the Dance Program. As a composer she has received awards and grants from The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, McKnight Foundation, NEA/Rockefeller, Harvestworks/Studio Pass, and the American Composers Forum. As a player, Michelle has worked with some of the most respected innovators in new music, including Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, Jason Hwang, Brandon Ross, Myra Melford, Mary Ellen Childs, Bun Ching Lam, Shi-Zheng Chen, and in the pop world with such artists as Lou Reed, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant,and Dan Wilson. Michelle performs frequently with the cello/drum quartet Jelloslave, and with her husband, composer and guitarist Chris Cunningham in the “micro orchestra” Mississippi Peace. She is a dedicated and lifelong improviser.

Jacqueline Ultan
After graduating from YALE University with a Master's Degree in performance, Jacqueline Ultan's unique versatility as a cellist, composer and collaborator has put her in demand among todays world renowned jazz, new music, and rock artists. Jacqueline currently performs and composes in four unique and acclaimed projects: Jelloslave, Saltee, Starfolk, and Antigravity. In February of this year, Jacqueline presented an evening of music with her four bands for the premiere season of the Cedar Cultural Center's 416 Club Commissions program, funded by the Jerome Foundation. A dedicated teacher for years, Jacqueline serves on the faculty at the Macphail Center for Music and the Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Drummer Greg Schutte has recorded, performed and toured nationally and internationally with many artists, spanning multiple musical genres. He co-owns, records and produces @The Bathtub Shrine Recording Studio in NE Minneapolis with Matthew Hupton.

Gary Waryan has studied and played tablas for over 30 years. His focus is on the lighter folk rhythms of India. His East meets West approach to his classical tabla training puts him in demand among several prominent Twin Cities artists.


Jelloslave CDs:

Touch It, 2006
Purple Orange, 2010