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Abrahams, Chris

Thrown (15th Anniversary Edition)

Abrahams, Chris: Thrown (15th Anniversary Edition) (Room40)

Reissuing The Necks' pianist Chris Abrahams' 2004 solo album, a unique set of recordings that reflects both on his improvisational life and his explorative nature, recorded using a Positive Organ, Forte Piano, DX 7 and an acoustic piano, each piece evoking distinct sonic environments and approaches to playing and compositions that makes sense in the overall presentation.

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product information:

UPC: 739027482550

Label: Room40
Catalog ID: RM 409R-CD
Squidco Product Code: 29837

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Australia
Packaging: Cardstock Sleeve
Recorded and mixed 2004. Piano, positive organ and forte piano recorded at the Old Darlington School, Sydney. DX 7 recorded at Challis, Sydney. Mixed at Challis. Originally released in 2005 as catalog code RM409.


Chris Abrahams-Positive Organ, Forte Piano, DX 7, Piano

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Artist Biographies:

"Chris Abrahams was born in Oamaru, New Zealand but grew up in Sydney, Australia.

He became very active in the Sydney jazz scene in the early eighties playing with modern jazz groups including Mark Simmonds' Freeboppers and The Keys Music Orchestra. With Lloyd Swanton he formed the 60's modern jazz-influenced The Benders in 1982. During its day, the band released three albums - E, False Laughter and Distance.

In 1984 Chris recorded and released his first solo piano album - Piano, followed in 1986 by Walk.

In 1985 Chris became a founding member of the Sydney indie rock band The Sparklers. As a result of this, Chris began working regularly with the singer and songwriter Melanie Oxley. Chris collaborated with Melanie, writing songs and producing albums, throughout the nineties. There are five releases with her: Resisting Calm (1990), Welcome to Violet (1992), Coal (1994), Jerusalem Bay (1998) and Blood Oranges (2003).

Chris released a third solo piano album, Glow, in 2001. This was followed in 2003 by Streaming, and then Thrown (2004), Play Scar (2010) and Memory Night (2013).

Chris has collaborated, in both recording and performance, with many contemporary improvising musicians including Burkhard Beins, Mike Cooper and Anthony Pateras. He performs regularly in the improvising music scenes both in Australia and Europe."

-The Necks Website (

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track listing:

1. Bellucose 4:54

2. Can Of Faces 6:48

3. Horsenel 4:22

4. Remembrancer 5:05

5. Coins In Vinegar 4:17

6. Hung Door 7:19

7. Them Hitting 2:59

8. Car Park Land 7:12

9. Nocturne 6:17
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Room40 release at 15th anniversary edition of Chris Abrahams's Thrown, originally released in 2005.

Equipped with a positive organ, a forte piano, a DX-7 and a piano, Chris Abrahams creates an exquisite and detailed extended composition on Thrown. A divergent audio scape is created here - Abrahams shifts moods with a decisive intensity, never willing to settle into one stream.

Intense movements of eerily prepared organ move alongside his trademark flowing piano textures and scattered DX-7 arrangements. The results are quite unlike anything Abrahams has created before - an essential recording that places Abrahams at the forefront of Australian contemporary composition."-Room40

A note from Lawrence English:

"I've written quite often about my first experience listening to Thrown at Chris's place in Sydney. On that initial listening I was equal parts terrified and awestruck. The sensation of sitting there, in low light after midnight, listening with Chris and our mutual friend Clayton after an evening out at a NowNow event, is something I can recall vividly. Thrown is a record that, from the very outset, has roused me in a very direct, particular and profound, sense of affect. Recorded using Dx-7, piano and a positive organ, the album exists in some kind of parallel acoustic dimension where these divergent musical timbres are somehow brought together into a unifying (albeit unsettling) whole. It was the first recording Chris had made like it, and in my opinion, it set a benchmark which has guided his numerous releases for Room40. Now 15 years on from its original release, it seemed like a suitable moment to seed this edition back into the sonic consciousness. Time has cast little shadow on this edition - it still sounds absolutely outside of time. It creates its own microcosm upon each listening and remains one of the records from the Room40 catalogue that deeply resonates for me."

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