Natural Information Society - Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) with Evan Parker
Natural Information Society is Joshua Abrams - guembri, Lisa Alvarado - harmonium / effects, Mikel Patrick Avery - drums, Jason Stein - bass clarinet, with Evan Parker - soprano saxophone. Rich in musical associations yet utterly singular in its voice, joyous with an inner tranquillity, the music of Natural Information Society is unlike any other being made today. Their sixth album in eleven years for Eremite Records and Aguirre Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) is the first to be recorded live, featuring a set from London’s Cafe OTO with veteran English free-improv great Evan Parker, and the first to feature just one extended composition. The 75-minute performance, inspired by the galvanizing presence of Parker, is a sustained bacchanalia of collective ecstasy. You could call it their party album.
This was the second time Parker played with NIS. Joshua Abrams: “Both times we played compositions with Evan in mind. I don’t tell Evan anything. He’s a free agent.” The music is focused and malleable, energized and even-keeled, drawing on concepts of ensemble playing common to musics from many locations and eras without any one specific aesthetic realization completely defining it. “The rhythms that Mikel plays are not an exact reference to Chicago house, but that’s in there,” Abrams says. “I like to take a cyclic view of music history, can we take that four-on-the-floor, and consider how it connects to swing-era music? Can we articulate a through line? I dee-jayed for years in Chicago & lessons I learned from playing records for dancing inform how I think about the group’s music.The listener can make connections to aspects of soul music, electronic music, minimalism, traditional folk musics, & other musics of thediaspora as well. It’s about these aspects coming together. I don’t need to mimic something, I need to embody it to get to the spirit, toget to the living thing.”