benefit concert for the IRC and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Fremont Abbey Benefit Show

I've put together a benefit concert for the IRC and Northwest Immigrant Right Project at the end of this month. Here's your invitation!   Come on by Fremont Abbey on Tues. Feb. 28 at 7:30 for a concert benefitting the International Rescue Committee in Seattle and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project! This will be an unplugged show in a "round" format, featuring: Shaudi Bianca Vahdat: Ellen Adams: Young-Chhaylee Khat All (cash please!) donations will go directly to IRC and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Enjoy some acoustic tunes in ( . . . )

IRL Show at Northwest Film Forum


I had a great time Friday and Saturday sharing new work as a part of The Horse in Motion's IRL: craigslist show at Northwest Film Forum. More coming soon on the research and songwriting that went into this collaboration! In the meantime, here's a photo from Saturday's performance.

typeset: essay in Crazyhorse soon


Galleys for my new essay arrived from Crazyhorse today. I'm thrilled to be a part of this publication, and to see this new work in print later this fall! More info about Crazyhorse here.

an essay, forthcoming

I'm excited to share that an essay of mine has been accepted for publication later this fall at one of my favorite reviews. I look forward to sharing more details, and this new work, soon.

a new way to play: sharing songs in seattle

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After a long life season of writing and recording new material, I've finally started playing out in Seattle. I've noticed a tremendous shift in how I approach the process of sharing my songs. I've been playing shows for nearly fifteen years now; each time I looked at how long I'd lived in this new Seattle chapter without a single gig, I wondered what the hay had I gotten stuck in my gears. I've played regularly anywhere else I've lived. What was with this whole hermit business? Was this a slow creep of giving up? I don't think I realized the value of this break until the other side of ( . . . )

performance at Pongnoi Community Art Space


สวัสดีเจ้าเชียงใหม่! Hi ka, Chiang Mai! This Tuesday, March 11, I will play a last-minute mini-concert at Pongnoi Community Art Space for the opening of the Zodiac in the House of Element exhibition. I'll perform some of my folkier tunes about the four elements. The opening starts at 6. Swing on by and we can Earth, Air, Water and Fire it up! You'll find the poster for the exhibition, as well as a map to Pongnoi Community Art Space, in the photos below.  

new song “Secrets Worth Keeping”


Written and recorded in February 2014 in Chiang Mai, here is a new electronic-based song "Secrets Worth Keeping." In this track, I'm trying to capture the dreaminess of a love that just can't be held onto. This song samples [Erin McKeown] and [Emiliana Torrini]. You can download a free mp3 [HERE] and you can find the audio on my [SOUNDCLOUD]. Feel free to share!   SECRETS WORTH KEEPING When you write me I feel like a million When you write me I don’t feel so old Here I want freedom There you want children But then you write me That we could grow old We could grow ( . . . )

new song “I Know What The Flowers Did”

I Know What The Flowers Did Ellen Adams Featured Image

Recorded in February 2014 in Chiang Mai, this is a more electronic-based song about a love-turned-disappearing-act. You can download a free mp3 [HERE] and you can find the audio on my [SOUNDCLOUD]. Feel free to share! I KNOW WHAT THE FLOWERS DID Where did you go? I had my suitcase packed Stood the announced train track Where did you go? Thinking about calling it quits, are you? Let me know and I'll cash out on my last stack of chips Where did you go? Where is she now, The girl who gave you cold feet, Keeping you from my arms and sleep? Are you leaving me now? Are ( . . . )

new song “I’ll Keep The Light On”


This evening I was getting a bit frustrated with the vocals for a new, electronic-based song that I've been working on for weeks. I gave the computer a rest, picked up the guitar, and this song came out. This recording is the first and only take I did after I finished composing.  It is by all means a more lo-fi song than the electronic one I'd been wrestling with; it also features the frogs in the pond outside my studio.  This recording has plenty of little human errors--no rehearsals, no editing--but it also captures the moment and mood that brought out the song in the first place. Can you ( . . . )

new writing up at Le Cool Bangkok

Ellen Adams Le Cool Featured Image

My first blurb about the Bangkok art scene just went up at Le Cool [HERE] (or [HERE] for ภาษาไทย). I'm excited to be writing for this publication--it was my go-to resource years ago when I was first getting to know Madrid. El mundo es un pañuelo after all!

recording again

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Hello all! I have recently moved back to Thailand through a Fulbright to conduct a year-long research project on Thai contemporary art.  In my free time, I have been recording some new songs.  Stay tuned--more coming soon from the land of mosquito nets and steady inspiration.

new song “CNX”


This summer I finished recording a new song called "CNX." You can download it HERE. I hope you enjoy it!  And please feel free to share!