Zebulon Café Concert
2478 Fletcher Dr
8:00pm – 1:00am
JOSHUA ABRAMS NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY & JEFF PARKER (SOLO)
ZEBULONJeff Parker (b. Bridgeport, Connecticut USA, 4/4/67) is recognized as one of contemporary music’s most versatile and innovative electric guitarists and composers. With a prolific output characterized by musical ideas of angularity and logic, he works in a wide variety of mediums – from pop, rock and jazz to new music – using ideas informed by innovations and trends in both popular and experimental forms. He creates works that explore and exploit the contrary relationships between tradition and technology, improvisation and composition, and the familiar and the abstract. His sonic palette may employ techniques from sample-based technologies, analog and digital synthesis, and conventional and extended techniques from over 40 years of playing the guitar.JOSHUA ABRAMS NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETYIn 2010, Joshua Abrams formed the project Natural Information Society around his interests in the guimbri, a three-string animal hide instrument played in “healing ceremonies” by the Gnawa of North Africa. Natural Information Society uses traditional & conventional instrumentation to create long-form psychedelic environments that join the hypnotic qualities of the guimbri to a wide range of contemporary musics & methodologies including jazz, minimalism & krautrock. The band’s fourth album for eremite records, Magnetoception, was selected by The Wire magazine as the #3 recording of 2015, & by Pitchfork as the #2 Experimental record of 2015. In 2017 the band released its fifth eremite album, Simultonality, to continued great critical acclaim. In 2015, Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas released the collaborative album Automaginary for Drag City Records.
For this concert, Natural Information Society is Abrams, guimbri & double bass; Lisa Alvarado, harmonium & percussion; Mikel Avery, drums & percussion; Ben Boye, electric auto-harp, Rhodes & Wurlitzer keyboards; Emmett Kelly, electric guitar. This is the band’s first Los Angeles concert since 2012.