Aethellis

Melodic Revolution Records recording artist

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CURRENT MEMBERS
Mark Van Natta on guitar Mark Van Natta (guitar, vocals) performed with Baltimore legend Tim Fields for several years and later studied at Peabody Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. He is the founder of Affinity Music Library , providing stock and custom music for media clients. He is also a veteran of several bands in the Greater Baltimore area including Tailwind, Sabre and Logos Affinity.
Erik Marks on bass Erik Marks (bass, vocals) attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he studied classical upright bass and trumpet in the early '80s. He also built the studio where Aethellis often rehearses and added such amenities as a vintage 1950s Coke machine. He has performed blues in Memphis, TN and played rock and funk in the Greater Baltimore area with Logos Affinity, Georgie Jessup, The Jaded Saints, The Forever Valentines, The 8 Balls  and Twelve Bars On Monday.
Chris Marks on guitar Chris Marks (guitar, vocals) is a classically trained virtuoso guitarist and veteran of many Baltimore / D.C. bands including Cosmic Structure, Semolina Rice Band, The Kid Band, Logos Affinity, Hot Type, Chemical Man, The Source, and Dolly Dagger. Chris joined Aethellis in 2004, performing with the band intermittently until 2012. He currently performs with Global Warming and 2nd Sole but is back with Aethellis for their 2021 performances.
Ellsworth on keyboards Ellsworth Hall (keyboards, vocals) received his classical training on piano and theory from the John M. E. Hasslinger Studio and has performed solo in California, New England and the Mid-Atlantic. He has performed in several bands including Tailwynde, Sabre, Logos Affinity, Urban Nomads, Dolly-Dagger and most recently Twelve Bars On Monday. Ellsworth also creates custom music and sound effects for multimedia, film and video projects. For samples go to www.ellsounds.com
Geoff Holdridge Geoff Holdridge (electric viols, vocals) also performed in one of Todd's many other bands, Outta Scope, one of the hottest jazz-rock bands in the Washington D.C. area. Classically trained musician from age four, with 12 years of formal musical training and thirty years of professional experience, Geoff is versed in many styles, from blues and rock to country, jazz, old timey, and medieval. He also studied jazz theory and improvisation with John Mehegan and classical viola at Yale University. Geoff performed with Aethellis from 2018 through 2019 and returned in 2021.
Mark Lucas on drums
Mark Lucas (drums, vocals) joined the band in 2021, recommended by Larry Hale when Larry was unavailable for the summer and fall performances. Mark's jazz training and jazz predilections greatly enhance the groove aspects of Aethellis' originals.
ALUMNI
Joel App on drums Joel App (drums, vocals) was a member of the Wammy Award-winning band Ruthie and the Wranglers. Joel was Aethellis' very first drummer in 2004 and later subbed for Mike Harrington in 2005.
Gerrit Marks on percussion Gerrit Marks (drums, percussion, vocals) hails from the musically talented Marks family which includes Chris and Erik. Gerrit has performed with many a band including Hot Type and Global Warming. He has performed on drums (2004) and percussion (2008) with Aethellis. The vibraslap is one of his favorite instruments.
Jim Reid on drums Jim Reid (drums) is a veteran of many Baltimore bands including Logos which  he co-founded with Chris and Erik  Marks in 1982. Jim shared the throne with Gerrit Marks at one of the earliest Aethellis gigs in 2004 and performed again with the band in 2006.
Mike Harrington on drums Mike Harrington (drums, vocals) was invited by Mark Van Natta to the "take the throne" in Fall 2004. Mike has been a long-time musical associate of Mark's since the early 1970s, performing with local Baltimore legend Tim Fields. He very much enjoyed playing in 15/8 meter but in 2016 moved with his family to Clearwater, Florida to begin a new chapter in his life.
Joe Dwyer with Aethellis Joseph Dwyer (saxophone) performed with the band when available from 2013 to 2015 and also contributed his soloing talents to the second album Northumbria as well as the new EP A Home In Your Thoughts. He is a pilot for Delta Airlines, saxophone instructor and owner/director/writer/editor of Flyboy Film Productions.
Larry Hale on drums Larry Hale (drums) has a long history in Baltimore-area bands going back to the 1960s including Norman and the Bridgestones, Home Grown, Heyokas, City Limits, The Rick Serfas Band and countless others. He performed with Aethellis in early 2017 for the Refugee Youth Project benefit.
Todd Van Gelder
Todd Van Gelder (drums, vocals) studied at the Berklee College of Music and also performed drums and vocals in Outta Scope, one of the hottest jazz-rock bands in the Washington D.C. area. He and Erik Marks met while both were members of The Dart Club band and Erik invited him to perform with Aethellis in the wake of Mike Harrington's departure.  Todd's uncle, was Rudy Van Gelder,  the famous jazz engineer who recorded many of the great names in the genre, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, and Horace Silver. Todd performed with Aethellis from August 2017 through September 2019.

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