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, 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 appeared on over 100 recordings, including those by Fred Anderson, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, David Boykin, Hamid Drake, Neil Michael Hagerty, Nicole Mitchell, Roscoe Mitchell, Matana Roberts, and Town and Country.
Donations are requested on a sliding scale and 100% of all proceeds go to the musicians or to their designated fund.
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present this evening of creative music as part of The Quarantine Concerts, an inspired livestream performance series hosted by Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio.
April 26, 2020 — “The Quarantine Concerts: Joshua Abrams,” presented by Ars Nova Workshop and Experimental Sound Studio. Livestream recording provided by Experimental Sound Studio. (YouTube)