LOCATION: Issue Project Room BK.NY
SUBJECT: Chris Abrahams
Even though Chris Abrahams is the pianist for hypnotic improv trio, the Necks, I was not expecting an extended, acoustic performance. The majority of his solo work (that I've heard, at least) is electronic, more along the lines of musique concrète. More fool me.
I would say, in the end, what he delivered was something almost squarely between the two. With astonishing endurance, Abrahams would build up otherworldly drones, rolling endlessly over the same chord until it ricocheted around the marble space. It could really pile up into a fearsome din. A repetition would be pushed so far that introducing the slightest shift felt like a sea change. Then, with a deft use of the foot pedals, he would pull the rug out from you entirely, transforming a drone into a staccato rhythm.
NOTES: Chris Abrahams, piano; 2 sets