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Joshua Abrams

Joshua Abrams is a composer, bassist, and improviser. His early formative musical experiences include performing in a chamber group conducted by Earle Brown, and busking on the streets of Philadelphia as an original member of The Roots. Since the mid-1990s, Abrams has been a key figure in Chicago's creative music communities and an international touring musician with artists across genres. In 2010, Abrams formed the project Natural Information Society (NIS), a group that creates long-form psychedelic environments that join the hypnotic qualities of the guimbri, a Gnawan lute, to a wide range of contemporary musics and methodologies including jazz, minimalism, and experimental rock. Abrams has toured internationally with Natural Information Society, including performances at Endless Shout, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Festival International de Music Actuelle de Victoriaville (Vico), Canada; Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden; Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Pritzker Pavillion, Millennium Park, Chicago; Sant'anna Arresi Jazz Festival, Sardina, Italy; Serralves em Festa, Serralves Museum, Portugal; Stanser Musiktage Festival, Stans, Switzerland; Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal; and Kaleidophon Festival, Ulrichsberg, Austria

Album

Cloud Script

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2021
Track listing: In Place of Memory; Harbor; Echo Tracer; Duke Hill; Collapsing Novelty; Coniunctio.

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Article: Live Review

Rinascita a Chicago: le gemme dell’etichetta International Anthem

Read "Rinascita a Chicago: le gemme dell’etichetta International Anthem" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Non è casuale che l'etichetta indipendente più innovativa nell'attuale panorama jazzistico (e non solo) sia nata e operi a Chicago. È noto infatti che la metropoli dell'Illinois è una delle capitali del jazz, avendo svolto un ruolo centrale in tutta la storia musicale afro-americana, talvolta paritetico con quello di New York. Nel 2014 ...

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Article: Album Review

Joshua Abrams’ Cloud Script: Cloud Script

Read "Cloud Script" reviewed by Mark Corroto


You can take bassist Joshua Abrams out of his Natural Information Society, but you can't take the Natural Information Society out of Abrams. His long- lived ensemble, which traffics in long-form psychedelic environmental music, has made a permanent imprint on just about everything Abrams does. In bands led by Nicole Mitchell, Hamid Drake, Dave Rempis, and ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Rempis / Joshua Abrams / Avreeayl Ra / Jim Baker: Apsis

Read "Apsis" reviewed by John Sharpe


After appearing on one half of Perihelion (Aerophonic, 2016), keyboardist Jim Baker has joined Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis' working trio with bassist Joshua Abrams and drummer Avreeayl Ra on a permanent basis. In one respect the band seems one of the most traditional of the reedman's projects. That's largely down to how the ...

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Article: Radio

Reid, Halvorson, Roebke and Fujiwara

Read "Reid, Halvorson, Roebke and Fujiwara" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show a focus on the outstanding 2019 album from Tomeka Reid, Mary Halvorson, Jason Roebke and Tomas Fujiwara called Old New. To compliment those selections there are also tracks from each of the band members in various other units demonstrating the excellent music that each of these musicians create. There are also other fantastic ...

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Article: In Pictures

Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 2019

Read "Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 2019" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


Photos from the “Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 2019" Festival held in Sant'Anna Arresi, in the south of Sardinia, from August 30th to September 8th, featuring, among others, Rob Mazurek and Exploding Star Orchestra, Dwight Trible, Kahil El'Zabar, Greg Tate and Burnt Sugar Arkestra, Lonnie Holley, Matthew Shipp Trio, Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society. ...

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Article: Live Review

Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz - XXXIV Edizione

Read "Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz - XXXIV Edizione" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz Sant'Anna Arresi 30.08.2019 -08.09.2019 “Dobbiamo prendere atto che il percorso del festival si è concluso... Forse siamo caduti nella trappola auto-costruita della piccola comunità... Il festival era un pretesto per parlare nuovi linguaggi ... Le questioni artistiche vanno bene ma oggi il festival esprime poco ...

Article: Album Review

Dave Rempis, Brandon Lopez, Ryan Packard: The Early Bird Gets

Read "The Early Bird Gets" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Musicista molto attivo sulla scena fremente di Chicago, Dave Rempis si mise in luce poco più che ventenne accanto a Ken Vandermark, nel 1997, abbinando i propri sassofoni alle ance del leader nella formazione The Vandermark 5, attiva fino al 2010 con sedici lavori pubblicati soprattutto dall'etichetta Atavistic. Nel contempo, alimentò formazioni proprie o a nome ...

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Article: Live Review

Something Else! Festival 2019

Read "Something Else! Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain


Something Else! St. John the Evangelist Church Hamilton, Ontario June 20-23, 2019 I must confess that I spend very little time in churches, so I would not normally be inclined to spend the first weekend of summer in one. But sometimes exceptions must be made, and such an exception ...


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