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2019-11-14

MANDATORY REALITY

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." 


2019-10-13

BIG 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.


2019-06-11

MANDATORY REALITY

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." 


2019-05-23

JA & 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 


2019-04-24

MANDATORY REALITY

thanks to bill meyer for a fine unpacking of the JA&NIS story, with much input from abrams & lisa alvarado, at chicago reader