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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 a Invention of Monsters, a quartet that explores parameter-based improvisation and non-traditional forms; 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 co-director of The Overlook, a art space on the northwest side of Chicago that features an artist residency as well as programs such as the Autotelic Series, a monthly experimental music series, and Bait and Switch, a monthly series focusing on the deconstruction of pop music.

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contact me at ishmaelalimusic@gmail.com