“Eli Wallace provides jittery and hammering piano laced with jazz and classical elements.

It’s like heavy, elegant drapery crashing down on your head.”

-Craig Matsumoto, Memory Select: Journeys in Creative Music

“Wallace has a powerful delivery, amply demonstrated by the forceful shards of notes scattered throughout…but it’s never out-of-control, as even in the most tumultuous moments of the music there’s a lyrical quality just under the surface”

-Troy Dostert, All About Jazz

Eli Wallace is a pianist, improviser, composer, and curator who calls Brooklyn, NY his home. A recent transplant from Oakland, CA, he has quickly become involved in the New York improvised and creative music scene, leading his new project Slideshow Junky, playing in the collective trio Cataclysmic Commentary, performing solo, and collaborating with many others. In California he led his fiery free jazz trio Cabbages, Captain, & King. Their eponymous album was released on Edgetone Records in 2015 and the group was featured in the 14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit.  As a versatile and dexterous performer he has toured Europe and the Americas. He is involved in numerous projects in diverse genres: free improvisation, straight-ahead jazz, indie rock, classical music. However, his primary focus is on improvisation and exploration of all the sounds the piano has to offer, and collaborating with other musicians with a similar predilection.  He’s composed pieces for solo piano, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, vocal jazz ensembles, jazz big band, full studio orchestra, and received commissions from Contra Costa College, 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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