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 Joshua Abrams

Joshua Abrams is a bass player and composer with over 15 years of experience in Chicago’s vibrant avant-garde jazz scene. A few years back Abrams turned to the guembri, a traditional lute-like string instrument mainly found in North-and West Africa and played by the Gnawa people. In 2012 he released the stunning album Represencing on Eremite records, a reissue on cd soon followed. On this and previous releases he builds on free jazz and interweave it with African-Arabian traditional folk music. He generates a harsh sounding, repetitive and highly hypnotic sort of music, open-ended but highly trance inducing. Abrams has worked alongside luminaries like Matana Roberts, Henry Grimes and Roscoe Mitchell, Bonnie ‘Prince ‘Billy, Godspeed, You Black Emperor, Jandek, Tortoise and many, many more. For the Eastern Daze festival he comes over with his band Natural Information Society, which are Chicago improv percussionist Frank Rosaly and Lisa Alvarado on gong and harmonium. Wouter Vanhaelemeesh, the Leopold II of the abused acoustic guitar outlet Urpf Lanze questioned him about his deeds and merits.
14 November 2014 | AG 3
Wouter Van Haelemeesch

One of my first and obvious question is how you stumbled upon the guimbri?

Joshua Abrams

I first heard the instrument when I was a teenager on a television program called “Night Music.” Many years

WvH

One of the key ideas behind the festival is to explore the link between Western underground music and folk traditions all over the world. For instance: the use of drones, the 'rawness' of sound or the trance inducing element. What is your

WvH

One of the key ideas behind the festival is to explore the link between Western underground music and folk traditions all over the world. For instance: the use of drones, the 'rawness' of sound or the trance inducing element. What is your