Ishmael Ali is a first generation Filipino-Arab-American cellist, guitarist, improviser, and electronic artist based out of Chicago and New York. His work focuses on exploring sound through free jazz, collaborative improvisation, and experimental music.

Ishmael works in an ever-changing, always-growing list of projects which include Kimmel/Ali/Harris, an electro-acoustic improvising trio; je’raf, a post-progressive acid jazz/funk/hip hop group; and Errata, a trio that moves between highly formalized composition and intuitive improvisation.

In addition to performing, Mr. Ali  is a co-founder and audio engineer at the recording space Marmalade was the founder and director of the now inoperative music and art space, Orotund Music. He continues to work as an organizer and promoter through the music series OBTC.