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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 and a monthly series called Oliver Bellafonte Presents.

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contact me at ishmaelalimusic@gmail.com