bio

Elliot Vaughan

Elliot Vaughan is a Vancouver-based composer and performer. His music explores space, acoustics, physicality, genre, and performativity. He focuses on creating within collaborative, interdisciplinary projects.

As a composer Elliot has worked on theatre projects with Urban Ink Productions, Robert Leveroos, Leaky Heaven, elysse cheadle, Touchstone Theatre, and others; dance shows with Rob Kitsos, DesirÉe Dunbar, Julie Lebel, and others; concert music for orchestra, soloists, and local and international chamber ensembles; scored four short films; released records under his own name, as iffy south, with The End Tree, and Jay  Malinowski & The Deadcoast; done arrangements for Corey Payette's Children of God, albums by Dom Fricot, David Ward, Joanna Chapman-Smith and others; and had his music performed in 17 countries.

Elliot's primary instrument is the viola. He is known for integrating innovative timbres and technique into a strong classical technique, and for his dexterity with musical genre. Elliot has toured Europe, the UK, and Canada with The Deadcoast and The End Tree; performed with over 30 other acts; and appeared on over a dozen records. He is also proficient at the guitar, accordion, keyboard instruments and singing.

Elliot holds a degree in composition from SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts where he studied with Owen Underhill and Barry Truax.