Janet Abramson Company Profile
Despite his disability of being wheelchair-bound with ALS, Lee has managed to create music using a unique, painstaking method. Utilizing a computer and music notation software he is able to compose using one finger and a touch pad. Lee is no longer able to sing because of diminished lung capacity, but has found a way to “sing” using his own voice with the ModelTalker voice synthesizer. This technology gives Lee a bionic voice that can speak more quickly than nature will allow, and sing impossibly high and low notes. It would be hard to give an incisive review of composer/ recording artist Lee Abramson’s music without giving a bit of back-story on his life and creative process. This 39 year-old musician received a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan before moving to Austin, Texas to pursue his musical aspirations. During that time he played bass in a rock and roll band for three years. Things changed however, in February of 2005 when he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Although he began to lose his mobility and went from using a cane to a walker to a wheelchair, he never lost his interest in music. It is hard not to be inspired by the creative efforts of this uniquely talented musician who has managed, despite great adversity, to produce a recording such at this. In spite of the fact that 90% of patients with ALS do not live more than five years after being diagnosed, Lee explains his longevity by saying, "God was just giving me time to focus on my music.