Ellia Bisker is an award-winning songwriter, singer, and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2006 she began performing her songs about doomed love, bad women, works of literature, and existential mysteries as Sweet Soubrette (originally a solo ukulele act, since evolved into an 8-piece indie rock band). Sweet Soubrette has earned comparisons to Amanda Palmer and Regina Spektor and has released four albums to date.
In 2012 she formed macabre musical duo Charming Disaster with songwriter Jeff Morris. Charming Disaster, a collaborative songwriting and performance project, features tragicomic duets about love, death, crime, and the paranormal, and has been featured on the podcast Welcome To Night Vale. Charming Disaster's debut album, "Love, Crime & Other Trouble" was released in 2015, and a second album, "Cautionary Tales," was released in spring 2017.
Ellia is also the lyricist and vocalist for Funkrust Brass Band, a 20-piece brass-punk marching band formed in 2014, and she has been a member of parlor-rock ensemble Kotorino since 2012. She is a longtime participant in the Bushwick Book Club, a literary songwriting and performance series formed in 2009, and she works in various capacities with the neo-vaudevillean performance troupe Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. She has also collaborated to create two music/circus productions: The Flying Machine Factory Circus (with Circus Una) and The Cupcake Show (with Adam Kuchler).
She is a multi-year ASCAP Plus Award recipient in recognition of her songwriting. In 2015 she was awarded a Local Arts Support grant by the Brooklyn Arts Council. In 2016 Charming Disaster's song Right Words to Say, featured in the short film "Mary and Louise," was awarded "Best Ending Music" by the Garden State Film Festival.In 2016 she was awarded an artist residency by Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology (Bellaire, MI), and was invited back for a second residency in 2017.
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