Eli is a hyphenate, drummer (in his duos Red Horse and Aster, alongside Jandek, Loren Connors, Greg Kelley, Spencer Yeh, etc), composer, constructor of massive motorized string installations, operator of the fantastic record label Rel, painter, printer, draftsman… Today he’ll be playing a solo percussion set. La Monte Young once referred to (Eli’s sometime collaborator) Tony Conrad as a ‘classic New England inventor type’ (to paraphrase), a title also befitting Eli. The anachronism it might suggest is not totally accidental, as Eli’s music eschews electronics (except for some amplification) altogether, rejecting the obscurity and detachment of circuitry and interface in favor of loving studies of profoundly resonant metals, Takis/Joe Jones-esque mechanical sculptures, and a drum sound like a Tinguely machine infinitely sustained in its moment of collapse or the crackling coals on Xenakis’ “Concret PH”. This is a music in which deep listening and reverie coincide with severe, almost uncanny physicality and momentum. And if you can’t tell from the gush, I think it’s one of the best things about ‘the underground’ today.