Natural Information

by Joshua Abrams

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the CD edition of natural information, presented in a high gloss stoughton miniaturized gatefold sleeve with 20 minutes of previously unreleased additional material, is available from eremite.com

natural information, joshua abrams 1st record for eremite, is another fascinating entry in a solo discography of recordings that gather aesthetic input from all over the map into vivid personal statements. at the heart of natural information is the guimbri, a three-stringed animal hide bass traditionally used by the gnawa of north africa in healing ceremonies. combining solo, trio & quartet formats with adroit use of sampling techniques abrams creates intricate psychedelic environments that join the hypnotic character of gnawa guimbri music to more contemporary musics & methodologies. brown rice era don cherry, sandy bull's "blend" recordings & can's "magic" albums are super-heavy but in this case earned & appropriate historical reference points.

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released March 9, 2017

Abrams: guimbri, mpc, percussion, harmonium, bass, bells, dulcimer, donso ngoni, ms20
Jason Adasiewicz: vibraphone
Lisa Alvarado: harmonium
Jim Baker: arp 2600
Ben Boye: autoharp
Emmett Kelly: guitar
Frank Rosaly & Noritaka Tanaka: drums
recorded 2008/2009/2012 Chicago
1 & 4 recorded at the West Side Cabin
2 recorded by Griffin Rodriguez at Shape Shoppe
3 & 5 recorded by Noritaka Tanaka at Shevitz's Attic
6, 7 & 8 recorded live at the Hideout
producers: Abrams & Michael Ehlers
front & back cover paintings: Lisa Alvarado

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