about the artists
Natural Information Society
Natural Information Society (NIS) is a band led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams. The group’s music is grounded in Abrams’ hypnotic and interwoven writing. Performing with Lisa Alvarado’s free hanging paintings as mobile sets, NIS creates environments at once meditative and propulsive. NIS navigates forms that emphasize simultaneous differences, rhythm, and collective listening. The group has released seven records, including Since Time Is Gravity, for Eremite Records.
NIS tours as a quartet with Abrams on guimbri, Alvarado on harmonium, Mikel Patrick Avery on drums, and Jason Stein on bass clarinet, occasionally appearing in larger formations and with guests.
Outside of NIS, Abrams has played and recorded with a broad range of artists, including Fred Anderson, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Nicole Mitchell, and The Roots. He has composed scores to 10 feature films, including the Oscar-nominated Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and recently the 30 for 30 series The Luckiest Guy in the World. Abrams was a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2018 Grants to Artists award.