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who am i?

I am a guitarist, composer, and improviser based out of Chicago. I like to play music that focuses on exploring sound through free jazz, collaborative improvisation, and experimental music. Current projects that I am involved in include Colossal Kitten, a trio with Aaron Quinn (Brooklyn) and Stephen Boegehold (Brooklyn), Errata, an electro-acoustic guitar/drums duo that experiments with live synthesis; and Bison Bison, a quartet that draws from the music of Paul Motian.

In addition to performing, I am director of Orotund Music, a space on the west side of Chicago dedicated to supporting and encouraging the creative music community by hosting series of concerts, workshops, and other music events, including an improvisational workshop/session, a Bata drum workshop, and the Autotelic Series, a monthly experimental/improvisatory music series (hiatus till 2018).

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contact me at ishmaelalimusic@gmail.com