Multi-winds/Pianist/Ethnomusicologist/Improvisor/Composer Ellen Weller divides her musical performance activities between improvisation, jazz, klezmer and classical music. An active member of San Diego's Trummerflora Collective and one of the original members of Maiden Voyage, an all-female big band out of Los Angeles, Weller has performed with George Lewis, Vinny Golia, Lisle Ellis, Anthony Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jason Robinson, Nathan Hubbard Skeleton Key Orchestra, Lesli Dalaba, Carla Kihlstadt, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Hans Fjellestadt, Vanessa Tomlinson, Marcos Fernandes, Michael Dessen, Michael Friedman, Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble and the Weller Family Jazz Quartet. She has recently appeared at several festivals, including the SF Alt Festival, the Spring Reverb 04 (San Diego), and the Big Sur Sound Shift. Her compositions have been performed in New York, Detroit, San Diego and Los Angeles, and include music for the 1996 UCSD revival production of Terminal directed by Joseph Chaiken.
Ellen received her Masters in Music Composition from Queens College of the City University of New York and the Ph.D. in music (Critical Studies and Experimental Practices) from the University of California San Diego. She has taught music at all levels, from kindergarten through college, currently teaching World Music courses and a course she designed entitled "The Music of War: Patriotism, Propaganda and Protest" at the University of California, San Diego. Her past research has focused on multicultural performance in San Diego, public arts funding and cultural tourism.