Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society with Frank Rosaly
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 8:00pm
Bezanson Recital Hall - The Solos & Duos Series Bassist and composer Joshua Abrams has been in the thick of Chicago's vibrant music scene for 15 years, playing and recording as leader and sideman in projects across a wide number of genres. At the heart of Natural Information, his 2010 Eremite release, is the guimbri, a three-stringed animal hide bass traditionally used by theGnawa of North Africa in healing ceremonies. Abrams uses this to create intricate psychedelic environments that join the hypnotic, trance-like character of Gnawa music to more contemporary music and methodologies. “Joshua Abrams has delivered one of the rough gems of the post-everything musical era in Natural Information,” writes Ben Ratliff in the New York Times. In The Wire, Brian Morton called the record, “quietly evanescent, scattered with sudden breathtaking glimpses, and insistently uplifting.” Frank Rosaly, who performs on Natural Information, is a Chicago-based drummer and composer who has become an integral part of Chicago’s vibrant improvised music, experimental, rock and jazz communities. He is active in groups led by Matana Roberts, Rob Mazurek, Jason Adasievicz, and the Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, performs solo and leads his own ensembles, including his clarinet sextet, Cicatas Music. “Drummer Frank Rosaly has a sharp sense of time, an imaginative vocabulary, and a knack for knowing just what a given context requires,” writes Peter Margasak. “He’s also developed a rigorous solo practice, where he focuses on color and texture using a hybrid setup of percussion and electronics... his approach is distinctively elegant and controlled.” Tickets are still only $10 and $5 (students), and are available through the FAC box office, 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS.