Transfigurations III, Celebrating 15 Years of
Harvest Records presents: BONNIE PRINCE BILLY & Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
August 24, 2019
Theatre Doors: 5:00 PM
Show: 5:30 PM
Tickets: $30 Advance; $35 Door
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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY:
The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie "Prince" Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema. With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity; his brilliance has captivated fans and made Bonny one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths. Recent projects in 2016 include the collaborative LP with Bitchin Bajas (EPIC JAMMERS AND FORTUNATE LITTLE DITTIES); a split 7” with Oscar Lee Riley Parsons; numerous performances with neo-classical ensemble 8th Blackbird; a collection of recordings, POND SCUM, made over the years under the auspices of John Peel’s BBC radio program; and co-writing and performing “The Dragon Song” in Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON movie. 2017 will find Bonny performing with Bitchin Bajas, Eighth Blackbird, in addition to rare and scattered solo shows
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society:
Bassist/composer Joshua Abrams has been developing his Natural Information Society (NIS) for over a decade, both as band and concept. He plays a guimbri in the group, the bass lute associated with the Gnawa people of Morocco, most notably the late Maâlem Mahmoud Ghania (whose Trance of the Seven Colors with Pharoah Sanders is a marvel). The guimbri is associated with hypnotic ostinatos and that’s an essential component of NIS’s music, which also has ties to the minimalism of Terry Riley and Steve Reich.
In that decade, Abrams has released several LPs, each a step forward in terms of methodology, expanding the scale of the band and the breadth of the music: Natural Information (a concept before it was a band), Represencing, Magnetoception, and Simultonality. Along the way, drummer Frank Rosaly, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and guitarists Jeff Parker and Emmett Kelly have been among the participants.
On Mandatory Reality, available as a two-LP or two-CD set, there’s a core group from the most recent LPs: Lisa Alvarado on gongs and harmonium, Mikel Patrick Avery on gongs and tam-tam, Ben Boye on electric autoharp and piano, and Hamid Drake on tabla and tar. This time there’s also a complement of horns: Ben Lamar Gay on cornet, Nick Mazzarella on alto saxophone, and Jason Stein on bass clarinet. Unlike earlier recordings that employed overdubbing, editing and sometimes personnel shifts from track to track, Mandatory Reality is much closer to NIS’s live performances: long pieces recorded as complete performances.