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The Abstractions
post-rock, freejazz, psychedelia, experimental songs, electroacoustic improv, noise


Live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area USA
The Abstractions, named by musician/poet/author C.J. Reaven Borosque, was formed by Bay Area musicians reedist Rent Romus and guitarist Ernesto Diaz-Infante. Taking elements from a cross section of genres, The Abstractions rip apart and redefine sonic surreal textures and ideas offering a sonic pallet of disturbance. Drawing from an improvisational body of knowledge, the unspoken words transformed to music, history, and social insight make up this unclassifiable experimental music.
Collective member roster includes Ernesto Diaz-Infante, acoustic guitar/vocals/4-track; Rent Romus, reeds/electronics; Dina Emerson, vocals; Matt Davignon, turntable/sampler; Bob Marsh, vibes/cello/voice; Phillip Everett, drums/percussion; Lance Grabmiller, laptop/processing; C.J. Reaven Borosque, noise predals; Marjorie Sturm, flute/lyrics; Marina Lazzara, elec. guitar; Sandor Finta, vocals (Los Angeles); Alwyn Quebido, elec. guitar; Jesse Quattro, vocals; and Scott Looney, percussion.

  "cautiously sculpted shapes and frenetic eruptions on the borders of unruliness."  --  Julian Cowley, The WIRE

audio clips:
The Bitter Undiscovered Alienated (male) Genius Club (from Ars Vivende)
Take Yourself Seriously (from Novo Navigatio)
Bronze Tear Pass (from Novo Navigatio)
The Routinization Of Modern Life (from Novo Navigatio)
The Thread (from Ars Vivende)
No More Loans (from Ars Vivende)
Cultivate The Voices In The Wilderness (from Ars Vivende)


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THE ABSTRACTIONS: Novo Navigatio

2004 CD release of West Coast subtle, psychedelia-improv to experimental songs. sinking commentary on the disillusioned atmosphere of George W. Bush's America. "Sounds like Leonard Cohen deconstructed to some really nice abstract noise." --Vital Weekly

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THE ABSTRACTIONS: Ars Vivende

2003 release, this San Francisco collective continues to explore music in all its forms. post-rock, jazz, electroacoustic improv, & noise. "Ars Vivende takes their art much further than before." --Francois Couture, All Music Guide

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