Natural Information Society with Evan Parker – descension

descension (Out of Our Constrictions) by Natural Information Society with Evan Parker was released the 16th of April 2021 on Eremite Records (& Aguirre Records for Europe). The album was recorded live in London, United Kingdom (Cafe OTO), on July 9, 2019.

Natural Information Society with Evan Parker
descension (Out of Our Constrictions)
(Eremite Records)

Natural Information Society – NIS – is a music ensemble formed 2010 in Chicago, United States. Their style could be defined as ecstatic minimalism, based on Joshua Abrams’ orchestration of traditional & contemporary instrumentation. NIS’s music results in long-form psychedelic environments informed by jazz, minimalism & traditional music (see NIS’ website). The band counts nearly 20 members including the harmonium player and artist who painted the art cover, Lisa Alvarado. For descension (Out of Our Constrictions), only Lisa and Joshua plus Mikel Patrick Avery and Jason Stein were part of it.

Evan Parker is the distinguished guest on this live recording. Saxophone player, born 1944, Evan was the pivotal figure in the development of European free jazz and free improvisation (see his Wikipedia page). He has been innovative for years and has obviously still a lot to say and develop.

descension (Out of Our Constrictions) is the 1st live album by Natural Information Society. It is in fact a single track of 74 minutes divided in 4 parts for the album (certainly to fit LP format).

But it is a lot more than just a track. The NIS musicians offer the repetitive and hypnotic ground – with enough slights nuances to keep it alive and build up – on which Evan develops his charming, mesmerizing notes. Yet, thanks to clarinet, the two layers can envelope each other, extend each other, as smoking waves, to finally becoming one. This addition of the two creates an experience so profondly organic, it kind of resonates in us as a primitive awakening. The music is as close as I could imagine of what a chamanic experience could be: transcendental, fascinating, timeless.

The cheering and claps at the very end of the album (“descension (Out of Our Constrictions) IV” for about 1 minute from 19:15) have been slowed down to create a sleepy effect. It is the perfect illustration of how you will come out of this album, certainly asking yourself where are you? where were you? and how could you go back there?

Natural Information Society with Evan Parker – descension (Out of Our Constrictions) – Info

Line up
Joshua Abrams: guimbri; Lisa Alvarado: harmonium & effects; Mikel Patrick Avery: drums; Evan Parker: soprano saxophone; Jason Stein bass: clarinet

Avant-garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Minimalism, Psychedelic

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descension (Out of Our Constrictions) was released on April 16, 2021
Eremite Records 74MTE75 – Aguirre Records ZORN74

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