About Us

Mark St. John Ellis was the founder of the record company De Nova Da Capo in 1990. He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art because of not having the qualifications to go to art college, where he wanted to go on to design album covers. Shortly after leaving LAMDA and having formed, according to Melody Maker, " the doom laden drum machine and feedback guitar " band 'Masque', the project became dissatisfied with playing the London rock venues and became 'Theatre of Masque’. The project title described the physical theatre performance group it had become, inspired by the writings of Antonin Artaud. The venues became art galleries and theatres. 
He then started to compose music for pieces of theatre and film, whilst working with the photographer Daniel Faoro in photographic stills and super 8mm film. The two then collaborated on a twenty minute film set to music, 'Philosophy with a Hammer', based on the Baroque imagery of Caravaggio and De la Tour.  This was previewed in the Bijou cinema Soho, London in 1990. Alan Trench from World Serpent Distribution was in the audience that night and as a consequence of the screening, an album distribution deal was offered. Later the film was released in VHS format worldwide.
www.elijahsmantlemusic.com released eleven albums from 1993 until 2010 with DNDC. NAG replaced Elijah’s Mantle in 2013 as the new project title. During the period from 2010 until 2015 the music had started to take on a different direction resulting in the album ' “... the dirt once found in the grooves. “ The reminiscent vein. '