Eli Baumgarten's young yet fearless artistic instincts see him exploring the world of solo strings in combination with the classic jazz rhythm section, with a contemporary, genre-defying sound. Awaiting release in December 2023, Baumgarten's new EP entitled Into Nowhere features melodically and harmonically rich music with a noticeably cinematic undertone, directly inspired by his travels abroad in Australia and New Zealand. This EP marks a newfound curiosity and desire to create something novel in his ever-evolving path of musical exploration. Each piece was created in reference to a specific image, location, or concept explored while travelling on this side of the world.
At the age of five years, Eli Baumgarten was exposed to a plastic keyboard in the library of his Montessori school. A deep musical curiosity was unleashed at that moment, and Baumgarten began to study classical piano and composed his own music beginning at the age of eight. He went on to study jazz piano performance at the University of Colorado Boulder Thompson Jazz Studies program. Here, Baumgarten honed his musical technique, knowledge of jazz repertoire, and began collaborating with fellow creators. Currently, Baumgarten writes and plays in contemporary jazz sextet Beyond. Alongside this project, he regularly plays throughout the Denver and Boulder areas in Colorado.