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Abrams guimbri, organ, ms20, harps, bells, harmonium, mpc
Lisa Alvarado gong & harmonium (B1,4,5)
Mikel Avery drums (B1&2)
David Boykin tenor saxophone (A1&3)
Emmett Kelly electric & acoustic guitars (B1&4)
Nicole Mitchell flutes (B3)
Jeff Parker electric guitar (B5)
Tomeka Reid cello (B2)
Jason Stein bass clarinet (B3)
Chad Taylor gong & drums (A1&2)
Michael Zerang tambourine (B5)

Track Listing:

Side 'A'
1. San Anto
2. Represencing
3. Moon Hunger

Side 'B'
1. Sound Talisman
2. Sungazer
3. The Ba
4. Enter Mountain Amulet
5. Cloud Walking

recorded at home summer 2011 by JA
producers: Abrams & Michael Ehlers
painting: Lisa Alvarado

represencing is the second installment of the joshua abrams sound world introduced on his 2010 eremite album natural information. recorded at home in chicago summer of 2011, abrams again organizes small group statements around the resonant grooves of the north african ceremonial instrument the guimbri with a unique & broadly assimilative compositional voice. sources from traditional musics to minimalism, jazz to krautrock, animate represencing, but Abrams is always grounded in the solidity of true working musicianship & he proves himself an artist fluent not just in styles but traditions. abrams' guest musicians embrace his polyglot approach. goaded (the guimbri is partly constructed from animal-hide) by abrams to focus on a particular facet of their vocabularies, jeff parker & emmett kelly appear as finely contrasting rhythm guitarists, michael zerang gets virtuosic on a tambourine & david boykin devotes himself to altissimo long-tones & circular breathing. others perform more structural roles, such as jason stein's bass clarinet, or, as with nicole mitchell's diaphanous choir of flute parts, function as landscape. the moondog-influenced "sungazer" is an aria for tomeka reid's spirited cello. throughout the album gong rhythms, synthesizer "sub" bass, harmonium & organ return as unifying coloristic elements. abrams likens the overall experience to "entering a forest from different directions," & cites as inspirations the AACM, don cherry, arnold dreyblatt, hamza el din, popul vuh, pharaoh sanders, & sandy bull's duets with billy higgins.

any one of these pieces would play fantastically as all-night trance music but abrams opts instead to miniaturize his environments, teasing the open & 'endless' forms of the compositions to present poetic episodes that imply sonic vastness. something of an exception to this practice is the ten minute title track, a duo with drummer chad taylor that is a tour de force of two brilliant rhythm players improvising to the omega point. 

eremite is pleased to again offer new work by a musician we consider one of the most distinctive of his generation. represencing is presented in a heavyweight stoughton 'laserdisc' sleeve with an elaborate screen-printed repro of a lisa alvarado painting by alan sherry/siwa (who also screen-printed the dust sleeves & the record labels). mastered by michael king at reel recordings, vinyl cut at sterling by steve fallone & manufactured by RTI. 

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village voice pazznjop 2012   
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