composer ben vida, fellow member of the band town & county with joshua abrams back in the day, wrote about mandatory reality for bomb magazine. "Form evaporates & one is left to scan the sound, to play with perception & explore the granular. It is through duration that performance can morph into ceremony. & it is in ceremony that we find durational music at its most functional & epic. When people gather to make music collectively, with the heartfelt intention of producing that space of ceremony, something ecstatic happens."
2019-10-13BIG EARS 2020
eremite is happy to announce that both peter broetzmann & joshua abrams & natural information society will perform as part of the 2020 big ears festival, taking place march 26-29 in knoxville, tn. peter broetzmann will play twice --solo, & in duo with andrew cyrille. tickets
in august 2018 eremite records finally established a social media presence, @eremiterecords on instagram.
dig this review of mandatory reality by stuart boomer for pointofdeparture.org. "Abrams is exploring a musical zone with tremendous potential, one focussed directly on the impact of insistent sound, repetition & rhythm on consciousness. Like traditional trance musics (Africa, India & Persia), it's illuminating work, seemingly eroding barriers between self & other, creating a kind of bliss."
2019-05-23JA & NIS CHICAGO NYC & EUROPE JUNE>JULY 2019
abrams / alvarado / avery / stein
07 VI union pool brooklyn (supporting sachiko kanenobu)
28 VI constellation chicago (IVtet + ben boye, hamid drake, ben lamar gay, nick mazarella) record release concert for mandatory reality
01 VII roulette brooklyn (double bill with 75 dollar bill)
04 VII kongsberg jazz festival kongsberg (guests hamid drake & helge sten)
07 VII arkaoda berlin
08 & 09 VII cafe oto london (guests alexander hawkins 08, evan parker 09)
10 VII copenhagen jazz festival copenhagen
thanks to bill meyer for a fine unpacking of the JA&NIS story, with much input from abrams & lisa alvarado, at chicago reader.