Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society koncert Atlas Aarhus

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4. april: Vi har fanget Joshua Abrams til en snak om koncerten – læs interviewet længere nede.

Joshua Abrams fandt sin stemme som en del af 1990’ernes frodige musikverden i Chicago, hvor han var en afgørende faktor i byens jazz-, eksperimental- og rock-miljøer. Han var med til at danne det selverklærede “back porch minimalist band” Town & Country og trioen Sticks & Stones med Matana Roberts og Chad Taylor. I løbet af to meget travle årtier indspillede og turnerede Abrams med en bemærkelsesværdig vifte af kunstnere såsom Fred Anderson, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Hamid Drake, Theaster Gates, Neil Michael Hagerty, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Mike Reed, Matana Roberts og The Roots. Abrams medvirker på over 100 optagelser. Som filmkomponist har Abrams kreeret musik til fem fuldlængde-film – herunder de prisvindende film “Life Itself” (2014), “The Interrupters” (2011) og “The Trials Of Muhammad Ali” (2013).

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Siden 2010 har Joshua Abrams turneret i USA og Europa med et skiftende line-up af musikere under navnet Natural Information Society. Gruppen bruger traditionelle og elektriske instrumenter til at skabe langstrakte, komplicerede og psykedeliske forløb, komponerede såvel som improviserede, og forener gnawa-instrumentet gimbriens hypnotiske kvaliteter med moderne musikgenrer og -metoder – herunder jazz, minimalistisk musik og krautrock. Bandets album “Magnetoception” blev af The Wire Magazine kåret til det tredjebedste album i 2015 og af Pitchfork som det næstbedste eksperimental-album det år. Nuværende og tidligere bandmedlemmer inkluderer Lisa Alvarado, Jason Adasiewicz, Mikel Avery, Ben Boye, Hamid Drake, Ben Lamar Gay, Emmett Kelly, Artur Majewski, Nick Mazzarella, Jeff Parker, Frank Rosaly, Jason Stein, Kuba Suchar, Nori Tanaka og Chad Taylor. Ligeledes i 2015 samarbejdede Natutal Information Society med Bitchin Bajas om albummet “Automaginary”.

På deres seneste album “Simultonality” (2017) fortsatte Natural Information Society deres udforskning af statiske tilstande, kontinuitet, gentagelse og lag.

Line-up
Joshua Abrams – gimbri + kontrabas
Lisa Alvarado – harmonium + gongong
Ben Boye – autoharpe
Mikel Avery – trommer

Interview med Joshua Abrams
What can the audience expect from the show?
“Simultaneous differences, duration and rhythm as measurement.”

What merch do you bring?
“LPS & CDS.”

Which song do you prefer performing live?
“All of ’em.”

How have your most recent concerts been?
“Off the chain.”

How would you describe your bandmates in Natural Information Society?
“Amazing humans.”

Which live act (band and/or artist) is your favorite – and why?
“I have witnessed Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Evan Parker, Jeff Parker, Willie Nelson, Susanna, Joao Gilberto, Deathprod, Cecil Taylor, Black Thought, Steve Lacy, The Cairo Gang, De La, Paula Greer, Nicole Mitchell, Fred Anderson, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, RP Boo, Moor Mother and many others perform music that has an indelible resonance. often through focus and accurate timing.”

How would you describe your latest album, “Simultonality”?
“Pure motion.”

What are your plans for the spring and the summer?
“We begin spring with this tour. When I return I will complete the music for Steve James’ documentary series “America To Me”. I will play in a trio w/Cooper-Moore and Hamid Drake in St. Louis. In July the band will play the Pitchfork Festival. Besides that I hope to see the sunshine.”

Anmeldercitater
“[…] it’s patient, layered music that’s always heading somewhere, sometimes spare and sometimes complex and shimmering.” (New York Times)

“Abrams discovers new levels of mood and tone; his pieces seem to escape time completely.” (Pitchfork)

“It feels startlingly new, in terms of how the music is extrapolated, how the players relate, even as it feels like an ur-music, primal, body-centered, essential.” (The Wire)

“Joshua Abrams’s bass and guimbri throb hypnotically over busy 8/8 drums on the opening track, while ancient creatures low piteously as they plod across a parched landscape … A perfect place to kick back or to ship out and explore the heavens. Abrams lets you do both.” (The Wire, 2017)

Links
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