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Lional "Brother El" Freeman

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Brother El is a spontaneous composer and multidisciplinary creative who uses music and visual arts to express ideas while connecting people to a higher plane of consciousness. Raised in the hip-hop ascetic and DIY movement, he looks to push the boundaries of music as an expert in the Live PA field. Formally trained as an audio engineer and graphic designer, he has acquired many different skills running The Beat Bank, an independent record label. His sets often include using sequencers, synthesizers, drum machines, and samplers with full improvisation and live beat-making. His unique style has been described as Chicago’s pulse, the breath of hip-hop, the heartbeat of club respiration, and the clashing fusion of South Side meeting ancestral roots. In addition to his performances, Brother El has multiple forays and partnerships within the Chicago music scene, including sonic youth mentorship with The Beat Bank Laboratory in Englewood’s Ogden Park. He is a member of two groups: the electronic experimental act, Makers Of Sense, and most recently The Present Elders, who recently came to prominence due to a series of pop-up shows held at culturally significant areas of Chicago. Furthermore, Brother El has worked with multiple Chicago institutions including The University of Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Oakland Museum of Contemporary Art, Knobcon, and Loyola University.

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