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Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

Sat   Mar   26   2022 - 1:17 PM

Since 2010, Joshua Abrams has composed, recorded & toured with a shifting ensemble of musicians known as Natural Information Society (NIS) . Grounded in Abrams’ interwoven mutilayered compositions, the group’s long-form environments have been described as ecstatic minimalism. NIS navigates forms that emphasize collective listening & simultaneous differences while building a space that is both meditative & propulsive.

Lisa Alvarado’s hanging paintings create a visual analog to the music & recontextualize performance space. Her work appears on the covers of every NIS release including all of their six current Eremite Records & their 2015 collaboration with Bitchin Bajas on Drag City Records.

Current & former band members include Lisa Alvarado, Jason Adasiewicz, Mikel Avery, Ben Boye, Hamid Drake, Ben Lamar Gay, Emmett Kelly, Norberto Lobo, Artur Majewski, Nick Mazzarella, Jeff Parker, Frank Rosaly, Mai Sugimoto, Jason Stein, Kuba Suchar, Nori Tanaka, Chad Taylor & Michael Zerang.

Outside of NIS Abrams has played & recorded with a broad range of artists including Fred Anderson, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Nicole Mitchell & The Roots. He has composed scores to ten feature films including the Oscar nominated Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. Abrams was a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2018 Grants to Artists award. 

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