photo by Gordon Ho

photo by Gordon Ho

Elyadeen Anbar was born in 1985.


Early Life

Elyadeen Anbar was born in Los Angeles, California, to two human parents.  Contrary to popular myth, he was not born with the ability to fly or move objects with his mind, although he is reported to have had a fascination with ceiling fans.  

After considering his options, he decided to move with his family at the age of three to Montreal, Canada, as he didn't feel quite developed yet to go out into the world on his own.  Luckily, his parents felt that was the wise decision, and agreed to keep him on.  During this formative time Elyadeen discovered his love of cartooning, reading the literature of R.L. Stein, and rose up through the ranks of his neighborhood street hockey league.

At the age of ten years his family once again relocated, this time to Chicago, Illinois.  Having been told of the recent success of Michael Jordan and the other members of the Chicago Bulls, Elyadeen opted to see if he could in any way assist the team in their quest for championship rings.  

At twelve years old, Elyadeen discovered youthful angst, and with it a trove of punk rock, alternative, and metal albums that would alter his personal history and raise the eyebrows of his immediate family.  At the age of 14 he and some friends were inspired to start a band of their own, prompting Elyadeen to rent his first guitar. 

Deeply affected by his Hogwarts rejection letter, Elyadeen reluctantly began high school in the fall of 2000, and naturally dismissed traditional academic practices in favor of his own alternative methods.  He continued to play in rock and jam bands with his friends, and was a member of his school's jazz ensemble for all four years of high school.  He developed a love of jazz, engaged by its strict rules and intrigued by its willingness to break those rules.

2004-2008: Further development

Elyadeen enrolled in the music conservatory of DePaul University in the fall of 2004, opting to study jazz guitar professionally.  During this time, Elyadeen met the two Bob's that would change his life dramatically, Bobby Broom and Bob Palmieri.  It was also during this time that Elyadeen began to explore the option of professional musical performance.

Elyadeen learned how to be an accompanist and sideman during this time.  He began residencies with tenor sax man Frank Catalano at the esteemed Green Mill and Andy's Jazz, Chicago's staple jazz venues.  He performed at the Symphony Center, Navy Pier, the United Center and more of the city's legendary venues, doing everything from jazz fusion to high profile weddings to directing musical theater productions.  

Elyadeen cut his first album as a leader with some of Chicago's most notable young jazz musicians including Greg Ward, Scott Williams, Stefan Czestokowski, Cory Biggerstaff and AJ Kluth, although he opted not to release the album publicly.  This was the first in a series of incidents in which he would not release his music.  He has no explanation for this short sightedness.

2008-2015: NYC and beyond

While visiting New York for the first time as an adult, Elyadeen was overwhelmed by the sounds and soul of the city, and decided that his life should include a chapter in this bustling metropolis.  He found a home for himself in Brooklyn [edit: he found several homes in Brooklyn] and enjoyed participating in the cities vibrant and progressive music scene.  Elyadeen performed everywhere from the Blue Note to BB King's, from Rockwood Music Hall to the Music Hall of Williamsburg.  He played on pop albums, jazz albums, funk albums, backed up singers, wrote music, taught music, went on tours, actively lived the life of a freelance musician in New York City.  

In 2015, Elyadeen taped a cloth full of his belongings to a sturdy stick and hopped a few box cars until he made his way to Hollywood, the nexus of American culture.  He continues to enjoy performing, teaching, talking and writing about music, and looks forward to his continuing adventure in this new and exciting city.