Eli has been working to develop a musical practice that is informed by social theory and political struggle. Artistically, he is particularly focused on how cultural and economic symbols mediate social relations (ideology, social reproduction, etc). Eli is interested in exploring ways ideology might be disrupted artistically, which has led him to a practice centered around symbolic deconstruction through non-idiomatic improvisation, experimental notation that gives rise to a multiplicity of outcomes, as well as liminal perceptual frameworks.
Eli lives in Chicago where he performs on and teaches both the electric and double bass, regularly collaborating with folks from Chicago’s folk, jazz, improvised music, and new music communities. He also teaches guitar, piano, drums, and voice. Eli holds a perfromance degree from Columbia College Chicago where he studied upright and electric bass with Chuck Webb, and Dan Anderson, and piano, composition, and improvisation with Dennis Luxion, among others. He's also studied double bass with Anton Hatwich, and Greg Sarchet of the Lyric Opera.
Understanding that it is the critically minded artist's responsibility to connect their life practice concretely to political struggles, Eli also engages in work with Chicago's rich plethora of activist communities. He is a party member and organizer with Socialist Alternative / Committee for a Workers International, and is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.