Elis seeks to create music that is both void of structure and procedure. His music is that of a world created by the exploration of sound itself. He believes nothing is more important than the instrument and the range of timbres that can be obtained from it. His scores employ graphic notations, which abolish form and give the performer freedom to make their own choices. The thoughts and ideas of composers such as Morton Feldman, Luigi Nono and Horatiu Radulescu play a big role in his work as a composer.
Elis holds a degree in music from Trinity College Dublin, a masters in music from the Royal College of Music in London and is currently back at Trinity finishing his PhD under Evangelia Rigaki. He has had his pieces played by a variety of performers such as Dublin Laptop Orchestra, Co-Orch Orchestra, Crash Ensemble and RTÉ Con Tempo Quartet.