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Eli Wallace

Eli Wallace grew up in the hills of El Cerrito, California playing ice hockey and studying music. His piano studies began around age 8, and after being exposed to a broad range of musical styles by his family, he eventually gravitated towards playing Claude Debussy and studying jazz piano styles exemplified by Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and Herbie Hancock. More rigorous study followed,and eventually he earned an M.M. in Jazz Composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA where he studied with Jason Moran and Jerry Bergonzi, to name a couple. Upon the completion of his Master’s, Eli’s interests began to extend into the enigmatic world of free improvisation. Fascinated with the profound levels of freedom offered in this music, many years of experimentation in ad-hoc groups and improvisation collectives followed. Furthermore, he has been continually developing a deeply personal, solo approach to the piano integrating chamber music, jazz, and free- improvisation. Since relocating to Brooklyn, NY in 2015 he has continued to develop his musical language, and plays in the groups Big Batch and Cataclysmic Commentary. Additionally, he played on two newly released albums Sound Etiquette, Sound Etiquette and Dialectical Imagination, The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture - to critical acclaim. Beforehand, his trio Cabbages, Captain, & King released an album of original compositions and was featured in the 14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit

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”The music that Dialectical Imagination play doesn’t heed to a particular set style; it heeds to some invisible, intuitive force that guides them through tonality and dissonance, barren and overflowing.” -S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!

“Avant-garde trio pushes the envelope in arrangements and on their instruments, embracing unconventional sonic roles and shirking musical convention. Not for the faint of heart.” - KZSU Stanford

“A rather charming personality to this free improv session. Piano, drums & guitar each take a playful approach to their rhythmic capacities

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