Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society

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Servants Quarters @ Mahall's 20 Lanes

8pm

This incarnation of Natural Information Society will include Lisa Alvarado on harmonium, Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang) - electric guitar, Ben Boye - chromatic electric autoharp, Frank Rosaly & Mikel Avery on drums with Abrams on guimbri and bass.

Joshua Abrams formed Natural Information Society in the wake of his releases for Eremite Records. The New York Times describes his 2012 record, Represencing (Eremite) as "music that hints at the ceremonial without losing its modern bearings" and The Wire named his record Natural Information (Eremite) one of the top 50 recordings of 2010. In concert the music centers around the sound of the guimbri (a Gnawan lute), integrating composition and improvisation to create hypnotic, highly rhythmic, psychedelic environments with an orientation towards uplift. This incarnation of Natural Information Society will include Lisa Alvarado on harmonium, Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang) - electric guitar, Ben Boye - chromatic electric autoharp, Frank Rosaly & Mikel Avery on drums with Abrams on guimbri and bass.
Primarily known as a bassist, Joshua’s performances and recordings include work with Fred Anderson, Roscoe Mitchell, Hamid Drake, Peter Brötzmann, Bill Dixon, John Tchicai, Toumani Diabate, The Roots, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Nicole Mitchell, Ballaké Sisoko, Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Jeff Parker, Mike Reed, Rob Mazurek, Axel Dörner, Matana Roberts, Chad Taylor, Neil Michael Hagerty, Jandek, Rhys Chatham, Damo Suzuki, Theaster Gates, Craig Taborn, Town and Country, and Earle Brown. Abrams has composed soundtracks for four films including Steve James’ Life Itself, The Interrupters, and Bill Siegel’s The Trials of Muhammad Ali. His latest record Magnetoception is due out in the spring of 2015 on Eremite records.
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