Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
Upcoming Local Shows
- "Ellen Weller & Joshua White at Palomar College" · March 15, 2013
- Jam Session: "Overdue Ovation: Ellen Weller's Debut CD" · Nov. 5, 2011
- Jam Session: "Ellen Weller Prepares For Japan Tour" · Aug. 18, 2011
The Weller Family Band was founded by pianist Bob Weller and saxophonist Ellen Weller, later joined by their children, including bassist Danny Weller, whose 2006 album Tree of Thorns features his parents, and Charlie, a drummer who graduated in 2011 from the venerable Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Woodwind multi-instrumentalist Ellen Weller has served as Assistant Professor of World Music at Palomar College, where she teaches ethnomusicology and conducts the orchestra. She is well versed in many styles of music, from Mariachi to Klezmer, classical to mainstream jazz. Among the instruments she plays are saxophone, clarinet, flutes, ocarinas, bamboo flutes, shofar, pennywhistles, and the fife.
Since 2000, she has been a member of the local experimental new music co-op known as the Trummerfora Collective. Her debut album Spirits, Little Dreams & Improvisations was released in 2004, on the small Circumvention Music label.
In 2011, she toured Japan with former San Diego drummer/percussionist /phonographer and fellow Trummerfloran Marcos Fernandes, who plays a combination of found-sounds and ethnic instruments like bowls and pots and a Yoruba talking-drum, as well as sampling and processing sounds in real time. He also has a library of pre-recorded sounds, like children at a playground and turkey gobbling, which he layers into the improvisational landscape.