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Date(s) - 25/04/2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
As part of his Canada Spring tour Eli Wallace will play sets of solo piano improvisations in celebration of his first solo piano album, Barriers.
Eli Wallace, solo piano
“Wallace’s approach could be described as part Cecil Taylor, part Satoko Fujii…but that shouldn’t imply that his style is anything less than fiercely individual.”
-Karl Ackermann (All About Jazz)
“Barriers is a fascinating and upsettingly great album!”
-Daev Tremblay (Can this even be called Music?)
“This is an assured, richly considered performance that carries the listener along with it.”
-Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News
“An invigorating, wide-ranging solo piano performance…Wallace does a really interesting job of extending matters in rewarding directions. Good work.”
Brian Olewnick, Just outside
Barriers is a solo piano recording of a live performance at Scholes Street Studio in June of 2018. In this recording, Wallace performed one improvised piece of music, navigating through different musical atmospheres throughout. For this concert, he was concerned with shifting sounds and ideas through layered transitions, where oftentimes the next musical section will be heard underneath what is currently going on before emerging to the fore. In this recording Wallace deliberately transitioned from playing inside the piano to playing traditionally on the keys and often used both simultaneously, marrying the two elements together into one cohesive sound. In the solo piano format, Wallace was able to fully channel his compositional tendencies through his improvisational impulses. While he displayed some of the energetic dynamic playing for which he is known, he primarily focused on exploring different sounds and textures and how they overlap. Through use of these varied sounds – sustains, pops, scrapes, plucks, swooshes – that Wallace was able to execute, we hear a solo piano album that is contemplative and meditative, yet full of vitality and momentum.
Eli Wallace is a pianist, improviser, composer, and curator who resides in Brooklyn, NY. Since moving from Oakland, CA in 2015 he has established himself in the New York improvised and creative music scene, constantly seeking out improvisers with a similar predilection such as Daniel Carter, Billy Mintz, Ches Smith, Trevor Dunn, Chris Pitsiokos, Andrew Smiley, Sandy Ewen, Carlo Costa, Sean Ali, Angela Morris, Brandon Lopez, Erika Dicker, and many others. His project Slideshow Junky utilizes numerous one-page pieces as a tool for improvisation and collaboration. He is also a member of the collective trio Cataclysmic Commentary, whose debut album Audience Participation was included in multiple “Best Albums of 2018” lists. And, he is one half of Rob Pumpelly’s duo Dialectical Imagination, whose third album was released by Leo Records. His work as a pianist displays his vast milieu of experiences from classical, jazz, and free improvisation studies, while incorporating contemporary piano performance practice to create a sound that is uniquely his own. As a composer, he’s written pieces for solo piano, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, vocal jazz ensembles, jazz big band, chamber orchestra, full studio orchestra, and received commissions from Contra Costa College JazzaNova, Lawrence University, and dancer Randee Paufve. His musical education was granted by Lawrence University, Appleton WI, and New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, where he completed a Bachelor’s of Music, and a Master’s of Music, respectively.
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