Cairo Gang, Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society

Nov 12 @ 9:00pm

$8 advance, $10 door

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Cairo Gang: ogang
The Cairo Gang is a musical declaration uniting the romanticists with
the doomsayers for a round of high fives and hand shakes. The ballad
_Mother Earth_ is acoustically organic, delivering the listener an
early Neil Young feel with bewitching flutes and bongos. Over the
course of recent years, The Cairo Gang has been a lingering passion
for Emmett Kelly, a stimulated singer/songwriter with an impressive
list of musicians in his rolodex. Performing with a back up band or
solo, Kelly always brings a freshened thrill to the world of quiet
rock music. After mastering countless instruments, Kelly decided to
put his skills to work and record some tunes that have been afloat in
his headspace. And thank the heavens he did, because this album
perfectly tweaks the butterflies in all of our stomachs. Deep, soft
rock for tobacco tinged hearts, that’s The Cairo Gang in a nutshell.

The Cairo Gang has toured w/ Beth Orton & was a guest on the "Bonnie
Prince Billy" album "The Letting Go" recorded in Reykjavík, Iceland

"While there's nothing new about the Cairo Gang's debut full-length,
none of it sounds canned or dated either. How do they make oft-cited
influences sound fresh? Long answer: The Cairo Gang take the
instrumentation of gentle British 70's folk with the free-form
composition and detached, beard-stroking vibe of post-rock, all
executed with the fidelity and humility of homespun indie rock. Short
answer: The Cairo Gang cuts across musical movements of several years'
span to create music sounding distinctly out of time"

Bassist & composer joshua abrams has been in the thick of chicago's
vibrant music scene for fifteen years, playing & recording as leader &
sideman in projects across the genres. He co-founded the "back porch
minimalist" band town & country (thrill jockey/box media) & with
Matana Roberts & Chad Taylor the trio sticks & stones (thrill
jockety/482 music). He has released four records under his own name as
well as two under the moniker "Reminder" that navigate the realms of
jazz & improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, beatmaking,
minimalism and field recordings (Eremite/Delmark/Eastern
Developments/Lucky Kitchen).

He has appeared on over 50 recordings including records by Fred
Anderson, Hamid Drake & Bindu, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Nicole Mitchell
Black Earth Ensemble and Black Earth Strings, Sam Prekop, Mike Reed's
Loose Assembly, Ernest Dawkins Chicago 12, Savath & Savalis, Prefuse
73, Rhys Chatham, Rob Mazurek, Tortoise, The Roots, Edith Frost, Mia
Doi Todd, Matana Roberts, Diverse, Joan of Arc, Lorren Mazzacane
Connors, David Grubbs, David Boykin, Chris Conelly, & The Cairo Gang.
He has performed with rRscoe Mitchell, Bill Dixon, Von Freeman, Fred
Anderson Trio, John Tchicai, The Exploding Star Orchestra, Henry
Grimes, Axel Dorner, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Peter Evans, Damo Suzuki,
Wilbert de Joode, Jandek, Walter Wierbos, Tony Conrad, Bobby Broom,
Sean Bergin, Nate Wooley, Craig Taborn, David Stakenas, Fred Hopkins,
Rhys Chatham, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Neil Michael Hagerty, Lin Halliday,
Raymond Strid, Douglas Ewart, Toumani Diabate, The Chicago Underground
Orchestra, Ron Dewar, Baby D, Kevin Drumm, Terry X, Frederick
Lvunquist, The Roots, Jim O'rourke, Kurt Vonnegut, & Earle Brown. When
in Chicago he plays weekly with Jeff Parker and John Herndon.