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 such as Trevor Dunn, Ches Smith, Daniel Carter & Billy Mintz to name a few. Recently, he has received favorable recognition for his contribution to the piano/drums duo Dialectical Imagination, coined “ecstatic music”. In California he led his fiery free jazz trio Cabbages, Captain, & King, which was featured in the 14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit. As a versatile and dexterous performer he has toured Europe and the Americas, and 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.
Stephen Gauci is recognized as one of the most distinctive and enigmatic saxophonists on the New York City improvised music scene.
Stricken by a childhood illness that has left him with a profound hearing loss, Gauci was drawn to the clear, deep, tone of the tenor saxophone. This was the fist step in a lifelong relationship with, and investigation of tone, timbre, and especially.. voice. The nature of Gauci’s hearing loss are that outer sounds require of him the utmost level of concentration and focus. The flip side, however, is that inner sounds, and the inner voice, are magnified… crystal clear and singing. The intense outward focus developed as a result of Gauci’s hearing impairment has been turned inward like a laser to illuminate, and manifest, the inner voice.
Gauci has performed with many of today's leading improvisers including Nels Cline, Karl Berger, Kenny Wessel, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Daniel Carter, George Garzone, Nate Wooley, Joe Morris, William Parker, Steve Swell, Mike Bisio, Kirk Knuffke, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Tim Daisey, Dave Rempis.
Stephen currently resides in Brooklyn where he runs the "Bushwick Improvised Music Series" , performing every monday night with his quartet featuring Sandy Ewen, Adam Lane, and Kevin Shea, and presenting weekly concerts featuring many of today's current and future ground-breaking improvisers.