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Adam Rudolph's Galaxies at The Stone

Read "Adam Rudolph's Galaxies at The Stone" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Adam Rudolph's Galaxies The Stone New York, NY May 10, 2018 On May 10, 2018, as part of a week-long residency at The Stone, percussionist and cosmic traveler Adam Rudolph convened an assembly of stardust worthy of the name Galaxies. Backed by a flowing red curtain and facing a sold-out audience, he welcomed bassist Bill Laswell, guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Hamid Drake, reedman Ralph M. Jones, and electronics guru James Dellatacoma for an ...

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Adam Rudolph - Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra: Turning Towards The Light

Read "Turning Towards The Light" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This acoustic-electric guitar summit by an upper-echelon congregation of modernists yields a polychromatic listening experience, conducted and organized by composer, percussionist, Adam Rudolph. And it should come as no surprise that the musicians' distinct styles and vernaculars create added value here. Rudolph's proven track record of thinking outside the box and expanding jazz and world-beat music into newfound frontiers, is partly founded on his Cyclic Verticalism principles, “that merge African-centric polyrhythms and East Indian rhythm cycles..." into the grand schema. ...

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Adam Rudolph & Ralph Jones: Sound Travelers on the Cosmic Path

Read "Adam Rudolph & Ralph Jones: Sound Travelers on the Cosmic Path" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Sound is everywhere around us. When we live, we experience life as sound and sight. Words, rhythms and vibrations are part of the way we communicate and perceive the world.Music, at its best, is a special way of communicating through sound. The message cannot and should not be translated into words. Instead, the sounds become their own language, a path into an awareness of being.For a long time, percussionist Adam Rudolph and reedist Ralph Jones have ...

PROFILES

Adam Rudolph

Read "Adam Rudolph" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Watching Adam Rudolph conduct the Go: Organic Orchestra is witnessing the embodiment of music. Rudolph takes on the role of sound sculptor, leading the specially-trained musicians through channels of sound as they occur to him in the course of performance, mixing and editing with hand signals, facial expressions and bodily torque. The only constant in the swirling world of change that characterizes the project is the near ecstatic Rudolph, shaping and molding the music as it appears, in the form ...

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Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra: Thought Forms

Read "Thought Forms" reviewed by Matthew Miller

About a minute and a half into “Mirrors," track two on Thought Forms, the distinct voices of Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra begin to blend. Percussive tongue slaps, growling flutes and slashed cymbals collect in a glowing sonic aggregate; overtones arch up, out and over the thirty-plus member band. The effect is otherworldly and, like everything else on Thought Forms, fleeting. Rudolph describes the music on the orchestra's fourth album as “a suite with interludes of calligraphic ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Adam Rudolph with Hamid Drake and Yusef Lateef: Moving Pictures at UMass Amherst

Read "Adam Rudolph with Hamid Drake and Yusef Lateef: Moving Pictures at UMass Amherst" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Adam Rudolph: Moving Pictures The Magic Triangle Series Bowker Auditorium, University of Massachusetts at Amherst February 28, 2008

It is a daunting task to shape a music that incorporates and combines the characteristics of traditional music from a wide range of cultures. For one thing, it is difficult to know how to choose. But, once orchestrated, the diversification of music making methods increases the satisfaction of listening to the final product ...

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Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures: Dream Garden

Read "Dream Garden" reviewed by J Hunter

During his formative years in Chicago and Detroit, percussionist Adam Rudolph sat at the feet of a number of fantastic musicians, most notably Don Cherry and Fred Anderson. Combine that mentoring with Rudolph's years-long study of African and Indian rhythm traditions, and you get Cyclic Verticalism--a compositional matrix that allows the prolific percussionist's players to create their own space, while maintaining and contributing to a single rhythmic pattern. In less flowery terms, Cyclic Verticalism combines the creative concepts of jazz ...

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Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures: Dream Garden

Read "Dream Garden" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

They used to say that everyone who bought the first Velvet Underground record must have started a band. In time, we may come to realize that every jazz musician who moved into the area of World Music first caught the bug from Don Cherry's Mu, Brown Rice, or any of the other number of globally-minded records Cherry issued after he moved away from the post-bop free jazz of the Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler quartets. With his ...

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Adam Rudolph and Go: Organic Orchestra Featuring Yusef Lateef: In The Garden

Read "In The Garden" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Slip this disc into your player and be prepared to be transported into the skin of the vibrant drum and the unfettered melody of water and wind singing in primeval harmony with the earth. And let us not forget the Babel of voices—man, first reveling in the glory of the earth’s perfect design, but soon lamenting the impending destruction of its perfect balance. Be warned, this is not just Eden, but the time and continuum of its creation. It is, ...

INTERVIEWS

Adam Rudolph: The Mysteries of Creation

Read "Adam Rudolph: The Mysteries of Creation" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

“I feel that creativity is greater than religion. It transcends race, transcends socio-political boundaries. It’s one of the things that defines us as human beings.”

At the risk of oversimplification, you could argue that this statement is a credo of sorts for Adam Rudolph, the basis of his personal philosophy. Consequently, it is probably the best starting point from which to examine the percussionist’s approach to music in its most comprehensive sense: how it’s produced, how it’s heard, how it’s ...

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Adam Rudolph/Go Organic Orchestra: Web Of Light & 1

Read "Web Of Light & 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Without proselytizing like Sun Ra about healing and world peace by way of music, I will tell you that composer and handdrummer/percussionist Adam Rudolph creates truly spiritual music.

These two recordings by his large Organic Orchestra are ambitious undertakings that combine woodwinds and percussionists to create sounds that are both classical and jazz at the same time. Rudolph’s vision is one that intersects Western and World music at a common beat. Without employing an ethnomusicologist, I hear the ...

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Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures: Contemplations

Read "Contemplations" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Though Jazz remains one of the preeminent forms of improvised music in the West it's sometimes easy to forget that improvisation as an art form and musical technique actually far predates it. Numerous Non-Western cultures have incorporated improvisational techniques into their musical forms for thousands of years. Percussionist Adam Rudolph is dedicated to demonstrating and celebrating this fact. A look at his list of instruments on this date reveals the both the breadth and variation of his battery- fourteen different ...