Raised on equal parts Mozart, Mingus and Mitchell...
Elana Arian is a busy multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and recording artist. She studied conducting and violin, jazz guitar, and songwriting at Yale and has performed at some of the most celebrated concert halls in the country, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, and perhaps most memorably, four different performances at the White House.
Elana has recorded two albums of original music, touring across the country and playing legendary clubs like the Iron Horse (Northampton, MA), the Living Room (NYC), and Club Passim (Cambridge, MA). Elana has appeared on NPR’s Soundcheck, as well as on PBS’ Finding Your Roots .A 2007 Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a 2007 Great Waters Folk Festival Finalist, and a 2007 Regional Finalist for the Mountain Stage New Song Competition, Elana has opened for and collaborated with Catie Curtis, Erin McKeown, Girlyman, David Wilcox, and Edie Carey.
Elana accompanies some of the leading voices in contemporary Jewish music, including Dan Nichols, Julie Silver, and Debbie Friedman, z”l. Elana has served on the faculty of HUC-JIR, teaching guitar at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and playing in the house band at Central Synagogue for the past 8 years.
A sought-after studio musician, Elana also maintains a busy recording schedule, working with such varied artists as Peter Yarrow, the Dirty Projectors, and Rose Polenzani. When not performing, recording, or writing, Elana spends her time chasing her daughter, Maya, around the playgrounds of Brooklyn, NY.