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Natural Information Society with Gustavo Costa, Norberto Lobo, Yaw Tambe, Angélica Salvi and João Pais Filipe

Joshua Abrams developed his voice in the rich musical scene of Chicago in the 1990s, taking part in jazz, experimental music and rock projects. He was co-founder of the Town & Country band and, with Matana Roberts and Chad Taylor, of the Sticks & Stones trio. In two extremely busy decades, Abrams recorded and staged concerts with an extraordinary group of artists, such as Fred Anderson, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Hamid Drake, Theaster Gates, Neil Michael Hagerty, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Mike Reed, Matana Roberts and The Roots. Composer of soundtracks, Abrams is the author of the soundtracks of five feature films, including award-winning pictures, such as Life Itself, The Interrupters and The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Since 2011, Abrams has given concerts in North America and in Europe with his band Natural Information Society, performing alongside different groups of musicians. Joshua Abrams will attend Serralves em Festa 2016 with this project. The band's latest album, Magnetoception, was selected in 2015 by the magazine Wire as the third best album in 2015 and by Pitchfork as the second best experimental album of the year. Abrams created the Natural Information Society around his interest in the Moroccan musical instrument, the guimbri. The band uses traditional and conventional instruments to create composed and improvised intricate psychedelic environments, which combine the hypnotic qualities of the sound of the guimbri with a wide range of contemporary methodologies, including jazz, minimalism and krautrock. For the concert at Serralves, Joshua Abrams invites a notable group of Portuguese musicians to be part of his "company”.


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Jazz/Rock Music, Improvised Music
04 Jun 2016 18:00 - 19:00