Natural Information Society / Xylouris White
Please join us for a very special double bill featuring two uncategorizable ensembles: Joshua Abrams’ Natural Information Society and Xylouris White.
Bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Joshua Abrams formed Natural Information Society in 2010. With his orchestration of traditional and contemporary instruments, the ensemble creates long-form psychedelic environments that join the hypnotic qualities of the guimbri, a Gnawan lute, with a wide range of contemporary musics and methodologies including jazz, minimalism, and experimental rock. Nearly impossible to define, the group’s nebulous nature has allowed Abrams to gather aesthetic input from all over the map into vivid personal statements. The ever-shifting line-up of Natural Information Society has included Jason Adasiewicz, Hamid Drake, Ben Lamar Gay, Jeff Parker, Jason Stein, and many others.
“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
Abrams’ 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. Abrams has scored numerous feature films, including The Trials of Muhammad Ali and several projects with award-winning director Steve James. He has appeared on over 100 recordings, including those by Fred Anderson, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Neil Michael Hagerty, Nicole Mitchell, Roscoe Mitchell, Matana Roberts, The Roots, and Town and Country.