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Ellen Weller

Flutist/Saxophonist/Pianist/Ethnomusicologist/ Improvisor-Composer Ellen Weller divides her musical performance activities between jazz, klezmer and improvisation. One of the original members of Maiden Voyage, an all-female big band out of Los Angeles, Weller has performed with Vanessa Tomlinson, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Clocked Out Orchestra, Skeleton Key Orchestra, Michael Dessen, various members of the Trummerflora Collective, Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble, the Binacional Mambo Orchestra and the Weller Family Jazz Quartet. Her compositions have been performed in New York, Detroit, San Diego and Los Angeles, and she composed and performed music for the acclaimed 1996 UCSD revival production of "Terminal" directed by Joseph Chaiken.

Ellen received the Ph.D. in music (Critical Studies and Experimental Practices) from UCSD in 2002. She has taught music at all levels, from kindergarten, junior and senior high, through community colleges, and she currently teaches World Music courses at California State University, Long Beach and the University of California, San Diego. Her research has focused on multicultural performance in San Diego, public arts funding and cultural tourism, with recent interest on a cross-cultural approach to the music of war.

Selected Discography
Trummerflora Collective - No Stars Please [2001/Accretions, ALP022]
Hans Fjellestad - Red Sauce Baby [2000/Accretions, ALP019]
Weller Bros Coast to Coast - [1995/YUSM]
Weller Bros Fire Martians - [1997/YUSM]

Email
eweller@ucsd.edu

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