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who am i?

I am a 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, an improvising trio that experiments with live synthesis (myself – guitar, Eli Namay – double bass, and Bill Harris – drum set) Future release planned with Gilded Records and Amalgam Music.

je’raf, a post-progressive acid jazz/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);

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