San Fermin

San Fermin


A pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop and contemporary classical composition, San Fermin is the work of Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. His self-titled debut album is strongly influenced by his unique background in classical music, which includes a job assisting composer/arranger Nico Muhly.

After finishing his musical studies at Yale, Ludwig-Leone wrote the album in six weeks while holed up in a studio on the mountainous border between Alberta and British Columbia. He focused on lifeʼs top-shelf issues – youth, nostalgia, anxiety, unrequited love – and tied these vast themes to different characters through vocal contributions from longtime friend Allen Tate, as well as Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius.

San Fermin is not an album of singles but rather a sweeping, full-bodied listen with multiple distinct peaks and ambitious thematic connections. Ludwig-Leone composed all of the album’s arrangements and lyrics in full prior to collaborating and recording, noting that “writing for a large group of unknown musicians infused the writing process with a kind of operatic scope.”

The first track released from the album, “Sonsick,” tackles many of these larger themes head-on. “I was near the end of a relationship and, not coincidentally, the song contains a direct confrontation between opposing views on the subject,” he says. “I realized that the most intense moments are the ones in which conflicting emotional worlds exist inside you, equally, at once.”

San Fermin will be available on CD, vinyl and digital outlets via Downtown Records this fall. The name is pronounced [SAN fur-MEEN]


San Fermin Jackrabbit April 2015
San Fermin
San Fermin San Fermin September 2013




Votiv - Tom Winkler

Booking (North & South America)

The Windish Agency - Ryan Farlow

Booking (UK & Europe)

Primary Talent - Nick Holroyd


BIZ 3 - Kathryn Frazier

Tour Dates

Oct 09 / Austin, TX
@ Austin City Limits

Oct 12 / Tucson, AZ
@ Club Congress

Oct 14 / Phoenix, AZ
@ Comerica Theatre

Nov 12 / Manchester, UK
@ The Deaf Institute

Nov 13 / London, UK
@ Union Chapel

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