The visionary project of Brooklyn-based composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin has earned worldwide praise for its ingenious pairing of pop-minded melodies with lushly avant-garde arrangements. Formed in 2013 – shortly after Ludwig-Leone completed a job assisting composer Nico Muhly – San Fermin made their debut with a self-titled LP hailed by NPR as “one of the year’s most ambitious, evocative, and moving records.” Hailed by Rolling Stone for “(channeling) quarter-life existentialism through sophisticated wind and string compositions,” JACKRABBIT, the band’s sophomore outing, arrived in 2015, debuting at #8 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart. BELONG followed two years later, earning applause from the likes of The Line of Best Fit as “an intricate, technically awe-inspiring LP with many narrow
pathways to explore,” and The New Yorker, praising the album’s “lovely baroque arrangements, analog eclecticism, and lavish harmonies.”
Equally inventive on stage as in the studio, Ludwig-Leone and San Fermin have spent much of the band’s existence on the road, including sold out headline shows around the world, international festival sets, and tours supporting such like-minded artists as St. Vincent, The National, Arctic Monkeys, and alt-J.