Music: Multidisciplinary Arts, Arts Education, Performance Art
Lional ‘Brother El’ Freeman is a spontaneous composer, multidisciplinary creative, and educator who uses music and visual arts to express ideas while connecting people to a higher plane of consciousness. Raised in the hip hop aesthetic and DIY movement, he constantly 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 to create fully improvised and live beat-making.
He is a member of three groups: The electronic experimental duo “Makers Of Sense”, “The Present Elders” who came to prominence with a series of pop up shows held in culturally significant areas of Chicago and “Englewood Soweto Exchange” a Jazz and Hip Hop international collective of South African and Chicago musicians led by Maestro Ernest Dawkins.
As an educator, Brother El has developed outreach methods that teach multiple subjects to young audiences centered around electronic music, science, and wellness. Students gain not only musical knowledge and abilities, they learn firsthand importance of teamwork, self-discipline, responsibility, confidence, and value of commitment.