WMSE’s Alternating Currents program (Sunday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) is pleased to bring yet another dynamic performance for the next Alternating Currents Live that stretches the boundaries of musical performance even further with the added element that the visual arts bring. Josh Abrams (Chicago bassist and composer) will perform on double bass and the guimbri (a three-stringed lute of Morocco’s Gwana music), joined by Chicago visual artist Lisa Alvarado, adept in her mediums of abstract painting and fabric art. The unique pull of this artistic combination, added to Abrams’ musical expertise and history (Abrams has collaborated with folks such as Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Sam Prekop, The Exploding Star Orchestra, The Roots and Prefuse 73), will make for an intriguing and encompassing experience. Abrams, best known for his Thrill Jockey Records projects Town & Country and Sticks & Stones, might have a shadow-like mentality, yet has become admired for that very quality. Last fall, Time Out Chicago wrote, “Some of the best working musicians are often hidden in the woodwork, anchoring the rhythm section a marquee name. You’ll find Josh Abrams casting a shadow against the projection screen in the back of Wicker Park bar rodan on Tuesdays, plucking an upright bass flanked by fellas from Tortoise. The low-key jam remains one of Chicago’s most reliable jazz weeklies. If Abrams isn’t on hand, that usually means he’s playing behind someone else, be it glitch-monger Prefuse 73 or Americana enigma Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.”
Alternating Currents Live presents solo double bass and guimbri with Joshua Abrams this Sunday, June 26th at 7 p.m. at Woodland Pattern Book Center (720 E. Locust). Tune into WMSE.org or at 91.7 FM for the following Sunday’s Alternating Currents (7/3/11) to hear the performance.