Ellen Gozion, pianist, accompanist, traditional singer
Ellen Gozion's 2004 solo release Awake, Awake is a collection of a cappella ballads, accompanied songs and dance tunes from the southern Appalachians and the British Isles. Pittsburgh Magazine writes, "Gozion's voice is plaintive and haunting, giving full expression to the emotions held in the song." An independent reviewer praises the record: "Both the vocal and instrumental music on this CD are top quality, with a clarity and simplicity that authenticates these old piecesŠher voice has both the purity of a woman singing in the mountains and the excellence of a well-trained voice." (CD Baby) Guest musicians on the CD include Larry Unger, David Knight, Rich & Sue Moore, Patricia Halverson and others.
Ellen earned her bachelor of the arts degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1987. She returned to Pittsburgh and has worked as an accompanist for classical and modern dance, accompanying the dancers of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and School, the Dance Alloy, and Point Park College as well visiting companies and choreographers. Ellen has been an active member of the contra and English dance community in Pittsburgh since the mid-1980's and began playing for dances in 2000. In addition to playing and touring with three contra dance bands, Toad Hall, Toppish and The Hot Toddies, she has played with David Knight (Washington, DC), members of Amarillis (Pittsburgh), The Contrarians (Charleston, WV), Sylvan's Harvest (Pittsburgh-Meadville) and others.
In addition to being a freelance musician, Ellen currently works as an arts administrator for the successful Baroque trio Chatham Baroque.