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who am i?

I am a cellist, guitarist, composer, and improviser based out of Chicago and New York. I like to play music that focuses on exploring sound through free jazz, collaborative improvisation, and experimental music.

I am involved with many, ever-changing projects that, as of late, have me working with cello and electronics. I also have a few long-term recurring  projects:

Errata, a trio that moves between highly formalized composition and intuitive improvisation (myself – guitar, Eli Namay – double bass, and Bill Harris – drum set)

je’raf, a post-progressive acid jazz/funk/hip hop group (Brianna Tong – vocals, P.T. Bell – vocals, Wills McKenna – tenor sax, David Fletcher – trombone, myself -guitar, Eli Namay – bass guitar, Bill Harris – drum set)

Quost/Ali/Harris, an electro-acoustic improvising trio (TimothĂ©e Quost – trumpet, 0input, Ishmael Ali – cello, electronics, Bill Harris – drum set, contact mic)

contact me at ishmaelalimusic@gmail.com