A great show at Arkaoda in Neukölln this April for anyone into the Chicago schools of post-rock and free jazz. Joshua Abrams actually played bass in Thrill Jockey legends Tortoise for a while and is not leading his own band the Natural Information Society.
Since 2010 Joshua Abrams has toured North America & Europe with a shifting-line up of musicians as ‘Natural Information Society’. The group uses traditional & electric instrumentation to build long-form intricately psychedelic environments, composed & improvised, joining the hypnotic qualities of the Gnawan guimbri to a wide range of contemporary musics & methodologies including jazz, minimalism & krautrock.
The band’s album, Magnetoception (eremite), was selected by The Wire Magazine as the #3 record of 2015 & by Pitchfork as the #2 experimental record of the year. 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, Jason Stein, Kuba Suchar, Nori Tanaka & Chad Taylor. In 2015, Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas collaborated on Automaginary, (Drag City).[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=3252766463 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]
Their latest album, Simultonality continues NIS’s exploration of stasis, continuity, repetition and layering. Simultonality is released by eremite records & Glitterbeat/Tak:Til in Europe.
Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society LIVE
Saturday, 7th April 2018 | Doors 21:00 CET | Starts 22:30 CET
arkaoda | Karl-Marx-Platz 16 | 12043 Berlin
Image credit: https://simultonality.bandcamp.com/