Mother at Fylkingen No.24: Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society Trio (US) - Christer Bothén & Marianne N'lemvo

16 Apr 2015 - 19:00

Abrams Natural Information Society Trio (US)
Christer Bothén & Marianne N'lemvo (SE)

Elias Krantz & Sigge Krantz
(Country & Eastern, father & son, tag team)

Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society Trio (US)

Natural Information Society is the name of Abrams’ group that formed in the wake of his records for Eremite. Live the music centres around the sound of the guimbri (a Gnawan lute), integrating composition and improvisation to create hypnotic, highly rhythmic, psychedelic environments with an orientation towards uplift. This incarnation of Natural Information Society will also feature Lisa Alvarado on harmonium and Frank Rosaly on drums.

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams has released eight albums, collaborated on over a hundred recordings, and composed soundtracks for Steve James’ Life Itself, the Emmy award winning The Interrupters, and Bill Siegel’s The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

The New York Times describes his 2012 record, Represencing (Eremite) as "music that hints at the ceremonial without losing its modern bearings" and The Wire named his record Natural Information (Eremite) one of the top 50 recordings of 2010. The Village Voice picked his record Unknown Known as “one of the top 10 jazz albums of 2013”. He was a founding member of the “back porch minimalism” collective Town and Country and with Matana Roberts and Chad Taylor, the trio Sticks and Stones.

Primarily known as a bassist, Joshua’s performances and recordings include work with Fred Anderson, Roscoe Mitchell, Hamid Drake, Peter Brotzmann, Bill Dixon, John Tchicai, Toumani Diabate, Joe McPhee, The Roots, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Mike Reed, Rob Mazurek, Gerald Cleaver, Henry Grimes, Bobby Broom, Dana Hall, Axel Dorner, Neil Michael Hagerty and the Howling Hex, Prefuse 73, Savath and Savalis, Sam Prekop, Jandek, Rhys Chatham, Damo Suzuki, Theaster Gates, Craig Taborn and Earle Brown.

"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cherry, sandy bull's "blend" recordings & can's "magic" albums are super-heavy but in this case earned & appropriate historical reference points."
"Natural Information"

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Christer Bothén & Marianne N'lemvo

Musician, composer and visual artist Christer Bothén studied music in Mali, where he learned the donso n’guni and in Morocco where he studied the guinbri with Abdellatif El Machzoumi since the early seventies.

This evening he'll play very special sets on the guimbri and donso n’guni and will be joined by Marianne N'lemvo on kaqab.

Christer played with Don Cherry and actually taught him some donso n’guni playing. In Don’s group he met Bengt Berger and they formed the group Spjärnsvallet with Nikke Ström and Kjell Westling. Apart from playing piano, tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Christer composed most of the material in Spjärnsvallet in a very personal and rhythmic style. Christer was also a member of the early Bitter Funeral Beer Band but left to focus on his own new group Bolon Bata.

During the last seven years he has been teaching, forming and playing with Xylofonorkestern (The Xylophone Orchestra) in a music-pedagogy project at a day centre for people with cognitive disabilities in Stockholm. Christer Bothén has composed rhythmic/melodic pieces while working continually with the members of the orchestra. The result is a music of their own – music that emanates from the talents of the musicians rather than from their limitations. “Stora Blå” (Big Blue) is an album to love and enjoy!

Christer is currently a member of Mats Gustafsson’s Nu Ensemble & Fire Orchestra, collaborates with Tisha Mukarji and does solo projects with his bass clarinet.

Christer Bothén & Said Belhaj, dosso/kamélé n'goni:

Playing with the Fire Orchestra in Malmö:

David Ornette Cherry, Jayadeva and The Organic Music Band at Bucky Dome:

Sigge Krantz on bass who will DJ this evening with his son Elias:

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