Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, and currently based in New York City, Eli Keszler began playing drums at eight, and composing at twelve. He played in rock and hardcore bands, and his work retains an intense physicality and churning, often ferocious energy. Keszler’s installations and visual work employ piano wires of varying lengths which are struck, scraped, and vibrated by microprocessor-controlled motors. These installations are heard on their own and with accompanying ensemble scores, or solo performance, with Keszler's aggressive jarringly rhythmic and propulsive drumming. His most recent project used 16 wires ranging from 100 to 800 feet long which were mounted off the Manhattan Bridge. The wires were activated by the vibrational patterns in the bridge’s structure as well as by a mechanical system. In a NPR All Songs Considered interview he said, “I like to work with raw material, simple sounds, primitive or very old sounds; sounds that won't get dated in any way.” Often his work will appear accompanied by scores, drawings and writings. A large body of his diagrams, screen prints and detailed drawings was recently compiled in a collection 'NEUM' which accompanied his installation at the South London Gallery.

His installations and visual work have appeared at the Victoria & Albert Museum, South London Gallery, Tectonics Festival (Harpa Hall) Reykjavik, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Boston Center for the Arts, Barbican - St. Lukes amongst other places.

Eli has toured extensively throughout Europe and the US, performing solo and in collaboration with artists such as Christian Wolff, Phill Niblock, Tony Conrad, Oren Ambarchi, Joe Mcphee, Jandek, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Coleman, T Model Ford, Ran Blake, and Ilan Volkov with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.   He has performed at venues including Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), Barbican, ICA Boston and Moma PS1 and has recorded solo releases for labels such as PAN, REL Records and ESP-DISK'. Eli has received commissions and awards from MATA, Gaudeamus, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Foundation For Contemporary Art funding and a Meet The Composers Grant recipient. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.

"Few artists have courted chaos as diligently and scientifically as the percussionist and composer Eli Keszler, whose performance-installation work incorporate small, motorized beaters that pattern and scuff, seemingly of their own accord, against elegant suspensions of amplified piano wire. Friday’s event gave Mr. Keszler a chance to make a city landmark a part of the performance....But the bridge, with its steady automotive din of cars and intermittent subway-train thunder, lent new elements, including haunting sustained moans with an almost choral quality. The piano-wire litany... engulfed an audience seated under the resonant archway."

New York Times Review of Archway, June 2013


AWARDS/COMMISSIONS/INSTALLATIONS/VISUAL WORK

Victoria And Albert Museum - Installation and Performance with Helm at the Boiler Room (February 2014)

Caramoor Festival - Installation (May to September 2014)

AP News - Installation and performance (Zurich, April 2013)

South London Gallery NEUM June to September 2013

'Archway' June 2013

Installation off Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo NYC, wires running from 800 to 100 feet – Commissioned by NPR music, Issue Project Room, PAN Festival, Make Music New York and Dot

150 foot x 50 foot installation as part of At The Moment of Being Heard group show

Barbican Performance and installation in St. Luke’s, London in September of 2012 September of 2012

TURBULENCE Transmission Arts Commission for ‘L-Carrier’, shown at EYEBEAM in June (2012) Art Berlin Contemporary (2012) Performance of new piece and installation U.T

RVNG Intl, Matthew Higgs 'Bulletin Boards' at Venus Over Manhattan (July 2012) Contributed mechanical piece for David Van Tieghem Performance

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant for me-di-ate soundwaves festival installation in San Francisco MATA Composers Prize (2012)

Creative Connections Grant (2012)

Gaudeamus Composers Festival September of 2012 installation at Utrecht Centraal Museum Providence

String Quartet Commission (2011)

Cold Pin-Collecting Basin Commissioned at the Shreveport MSPS New Music Festival

Psaltery – Large scale mechanical installation commission from Bring To Light/Nuitblanche NYC (2011)

Cold Pin, commission for ‘cyc specifc’ Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts (2011)

Stairwell, Boston Cyber Arts Festival, 2008

REL EDITIONS Solo Prints and Paintings sold through rel editions


SELECETED DISCOGRAPHY

2012

Catching Net Collected Compositions and Installations (PAN-ACT) Aster (8MM) Eli Keszler/Joe Mcphee Duo (8MM Records) Eli Keszler/Keith Fullerton Whitman ‘split’ (NNA)

2011

Eli Keszler ‘Cold Pin’ (PAN-ACT Berlin) Red Horse (Type Records)

Oxtirn (ESP-Disk’)

2009

Aster (REL008) Red Horse (REL007)

APPEARS ON Ashley Paul Slow Boat (LP) Keith Fullerton Whitman "Rythmes Naturels (18re Partie)" INA GRM Commission, Paris (2012) Phill Niblock ‘Asheli’ “for saxophone and crotales” (2009) Geoff Mullen Armory Radio (Barge Recordings, 2008) Anthony Coleman Lapidation (New World Records, 2008)


SELECTED PERFORMANCES

Solo European Tour February 2012

PAN ACT Festival CafR Oto (London), 5 shows across Finland, Frankfurt and Berlin

Solo European Tour April 2010

Performances in UK, Finland, Germany, France and Spain. Highlights include Lala Lumo Festival in Helsinki, Finland and Cafe Oto concert with Steve Berseford and Adam Bohman

Solo European/UK tour November 2009 Performances in Scotland, England, France, Spain, Italy, Czech- Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Serbia. Highlights included Cave 12 (Geneva, Switzerland), Klub Gromka (Ljubljana, Slovenia) WIM (Zurich, Switzerland), OCII (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Extrapool (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Solo National Tour, July/August 2009 performed 35 concerts; 25 solo, 10 in collaboration with Ashley Paul at venues such as Titwrench Fest (Denver, CO), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NB), Pyramid Atlantic (Silver Springs, MD), Bard College, Echo Curio (Los Angeles, CA)


SELECTED FESTIVAL APPEARANCES

Tectonics Festival w/ Icelandic Symphony Orchestra (Scheduled April 2013) Transmediale Festival (2013) Flux Night Art Festival - Atlanta Georgia Barbican, London at LSO St. Luke's, September, 2012

Gaudeamus Festival, September of 2012 Me-di-ate Soundwave ((5)) festival at the Townsley Battery, San Francisco, CA, August 5th, 2012 pan act festival, London 2012 Lala Lumo Festival,Helsinki Finland, 2010 On Land Root Strata Festival with Aster in San Francisco, 2010 Colour Out Of Space Festival Brighton, England 2010 Sound-Body-Movement Ostrava, Czech RepubliccGargall, Manresa, Spain, 2009 WRITINGS Wire Magazine, 'On Xenakis' Preparatory Sketches Inner Sleeve (september 2012) RADIO FEATURES NPR interview and feature, all songs considered WNYU live performance and interview Rare Frequency WZBC, Boston Massachusetts KFJC, San Jacinto California KXLU, Los Angelis, California WMBR MIT RADIO, Boston, Massachusetts WBSR Brown University, Providence Rhode Island 


SELECTED PRESS

NY Times Review: June 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/arts/music/eli-keszlers-l-carrier-at- eyebeam-in- chelsea.html?_r=1

NPR Feature: http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/10/24/141668688/who-controls-the-machine-eli- keszlers- motors-and-piano-wires


INTERVIEWS

BOMB Magazine: http://bombsite.com/issues/1000/articles/7343

The Wire http://thewire.co.uk/video/eli-keszler_s-breaker-neum_wp_installation-at-reykjavik-harpa Pitchfork: http://pitchfork.com/features/the-out-door/8901-number-25/3/

We Care If You Listen: http://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2012/05/5-questions-eli-keszler-composer/ Impose Magazine: Eli Keszler Vs. Keith Fullerton Whitmanhttp://www.imposemagazine.com/features/part-one-eli- keszler-vs-keith-fullerton-whitman Foxy Digitalis:

http://www.foxydigitalis.com/foxyd/?p=21452LP

Wire Magazine Feature: http://www.thewire.co.uk/articles/6935/ Indigest Mag: http://indigestmag.com/blog/?p=11565


“Eli Keszler, “L-Carrier,” was introduced before a rapt audience... Roots notwithstanding, Mr. Keszler is an original; the way he deploys his energies is even more so.... Artful, perplexing and endlessly fascinating, it could just as well have been magic.”

Steve Smith, New York Times, June 10th, 2012

“Anyone who’s been fortunate enough to catch Eli Keszler and Steve Pyne’s Red Horse duo live can now bring it all home cuz these two east coast sound junk beauty futurians fnally made an LP (Rel Records re1007). And it is awesome. With all the various recordings of the last decade exploring temporal interplay Red Horse....really achieve some deep and artful result without losing the ball to excess or mundanity.” Thurston Moore and Byron Coley Arthur Magazine, Bull Tongue

“There's a relentlessly spattering energy to his boundary-less compositions, which span but never settle..”

Lars Gotrich NPR All Songs Considered