Wednesday, March 30, 2016

NYC in Spring 2016 = Adam Rudolph: Premieres at Roulette, Residency at The Stone + an All-Star Guitar Orchestra

Composer, Improviser, Conductor, & Percussionist
- Adam Rudolph -
Celebrates Springtime 2016 in New York City
in an Unprecedented Burst of Creative Activity,
Debuting 4 New Commissions at Roulette &
Curating a One-Week Residency at The Stone

Following the Winter release of several significant new recordings, including the first-ever Go: Organic GUITAR Orchestra album - his first Cuneiform release, Rudolph embarked on an extensive European tour before returning to New York City to perform a series of commissions at Roulette in April 2016 and curate a week-long residency at The Stone in May 2016 performing with his various orchestras and ensembles.

Based in NYC, Adam Rudolph has long been a key figure in the jazz, creative/classical and world music communities, working both solo and in long-term collaboration with such renowned musicians as Yusef Lateef. A composer, bandleader, and percussionist, he is deeply immersed in hybrid music and interactive live performance using written and graphic charts and conducted improvisation. Rudolph performs with a wide variety of ensembles, ranging from solos to duets (an April 2016 Midwest tour with Hamid Drake) to large orchestras.

One of Rudolph's main focuses since the new Millenium's dawn has been to transform the Western / Classical concept of "orchestra" to make it relevant for the 21st century. For the last 15 years, he has been widely acclaimed for his Go: Organic Orchestra, which features a variety of classical, ethnic and modern instruments. The Go: Organic Orchestra's live performances, described as "visionary" by the New York Times, are legendary, with Rudolph frequently conducting the group at festivals worldwide.

In 2014, Rudolph assembled a new, all-guitar version of Go: Organic Orchestra and went into the recording studio. Cuneiform Records released Guitar Orchestra's debut album, Turning Towards the Light, in late 2015. The album consists of eleven world-renowned guitarists including Rez Abbasi, Nels Cline, Damon Banks, Marco Capelli, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Joel Harrison, Miles Okazaki, Kenny Wessel, Jerome Harris and Marvin Sewell will play from music charts composed by Adam Rudolph, while he also conducts improvisations for three album release concerts in Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA and Brooklyn, NY.

Celebrating this release, the Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra will perform on May 29th as the grand finale of Rudolph's week-long 2016 residency at The Stone.

Those interested in Creative Music - breathtaking contemporary music that defies single genres, encompassing jazz, classical, world & more - and those interested in maintaining the relevancy of the orchestra and classical music in the 21st century should check out Adam Rudolph's upcoming performances at Routlette and at The Stone. These shows are not to be missed.



- Roulette -

Brooklyn, New York
Four Premieres from Adam Rudolph's Interpretations Series
also: Interactive Solo & Ensemble works by Composer Marek Cholononiewski
April 14th, 2016

Thursday April 14

509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11217
tickets: $20; $15 for students/Seniors
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Interpretations Series - Four Adam Rudolph Premiers:
World premieres of 2 works commissioned & performed by the Momenta String Quartet:
"Morphic Resonances" composed by Adam Rudolph (2013, revised 2016)
"Syntactic Adventures - in Memoriam Yusef Lateef" (composed by Adam Rudolph (2016)

NYC premieres of 2 works performed by Oberlin Percussion Group - Michael Rosen, dir:
"Orbits" (for Percussion Quartet) composed by Adam Rudolph (2014)
commissioned by Oberlin Percussion Group
"Orbits II" (for Percussion Quartet and Handrumset soloist)
performed by OPG with Adam Rudolph - Handrumset and percussion

- The Stone -
Adam Rudolph One-Week Residency
May 24th-29th, 2016

The Stone
at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd St.
New York, NY 10009
$15/set (no advance sales)
(212) 473-0043

Tuesday, May 24th
Adam Rudolph Quartet:
Adam Rudolph – handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba), thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion
Marco Cappelli - acoustic guitar, looping and electronics
Kaoru Watanabe - noh kan, fue, c flute
James Dallatacoma - electronic processing
10:00 pm
Adam Rudolph Solo with electronics:
Adam Rudolph – handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba), thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion;
James Dellatacoma - electronic processing

Wednesday, May 25th
8:00 pm
Electro-Acoustic Trio:
Adam Rudolph - electronic processing, handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba), thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion
Graham Haynes - cornet, flugelhorn, percussion, electronics
Aruan Ortiz - piano, electronics, lap top
10:00 pm
Go: Organic Woodwind Orchestra:
Composed and improvisationally conducted by Adam Rudolph
Sylvain Leroux - tambin fulani flute, c flute, bamboo flutes
Michel Gentile and Z!" Luis Oliveira - C and alto flute, bamboo flutes
Kaoru Watanabe - noh kan, fue, c flute
Batya Sobel - oboe
Sara Schoenbeck - bassoon, sona
J D Parran - contra alto clarinet, bamboo flute, kalimbas
Ned Rothenberg - B flat & bass clarinet, shakuhachi
Ivan Barenboim - B flat clarinet, bamboo flutes
Sean Sonderegger - contra bass clarinet, & bass clarinet

Thursday, May 26th
8:00 pm
Dave Liebman and Adam Rudolph Duet:
Dave Liebman - soprano and tenor saxophone, assorted flutes
Adam Rudolph - handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba), thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion
10:00 pm
Go: Organic String Orchestra
Composed and improvisationally conducted by Adam Rudolph
Elektra Kurtis, Julianne Carney, Sana Nagano, Trina Basu, Sarah Bernstein, Mark Chung - violins
Gwen Laster, Melanie Dyer, Stephanie Griffen - violas
Marika Hughes - cello
Marzo Reis, Emma Alabaster - contrabass

Friday, May 27th
8:00 pm
Gift of the Gnawa plus special guest Steve Gorn:
Hassan Hakmoun - sintir and vocal
Adam Rudolph - handrumset,udu and cajon
Steve Gorn - bansuri flute
Abderahim Hakmoun - qarqaba and vocal
10:00 pm
Gift of the Gnawa plus special guest Graham Haynes:
Hassan Hakmoun - sintir and vocal
Adam Rudolph - handrumset and cajon
Abderahim Hakmoun - qarqaba and vocal
Graham Haynes - cornet

Saturday, May 28th
8:00 pm
Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures:
Adam Rudolph - compositions, handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) , thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion
Graham Haynes - cornet, flugelhorn, percussion, electronics
James Hurt - drums percussion
Kenny Wessel - el. guitar, electronics,banjo
Alexis Marcelo - fender rhodes, piano, percussion
Damon Banks - el. bass
10:00 pm
Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures:
Adam Rudolph - compositions, handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba), thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion
Graham Haynes - cornet, flugelhorn, percussion, electronics
James Hurt - drums percussion
Kenny Wessel - el. guitar, electronics, banjo
Alexis Marcelo - fender rhodes, piano, percussion
Damon Banks - el. bass

Sunday, May 29th
8:00 pm
Hu: Vibrational presents The Epic Botanical Beat Suite:
Jame Dellatacoma - electronic processing
Adam Rudolph - compositions, bata, slit drum, rebolo, gankogoui, udu, percussion
James Hurt - sogo, kidi, igbo bell, udu, percussion
Matt Kilmer - frame drum, djembe, kanjira, udu
Tim Kieper - dusun’goni, pandiero, udu, percussion
Keita Ogawa - earthtone drum, frame drum, hadjira, pandeiro, udu, percussion
Joe Hertenstein - gongs, cymbals, udu, percussion
John Hadfield - frame drums, udu, percussion
Shane Shanahan - frame drums, , pandeiro, udu, percussion
10:00 pm
Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra:
Composed and improvisationally conducted by Adam Rudolph
Nels Cline, Rez Abbasi, Miles Okazaki, David Gilmore, Marco Cappelli, Liberty Ellman, Joel Harrison, Kenny Wessel - electric guitars and electronic processing
Damon Banks - bass guitar
Jerome Harris - electric guitar and bass guitar

We look forward to seeing you at these very special concerts!
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Concert booking: Adam Rudolph and his groupings are available for festival bookings worldwide. To book a show, please contact



Cuneiform Records 2015

STREAM/SHARE: "Heliotropic"

Cat. #: Rune 406, Format: CD / DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Genre: Guitar / Improv / Experimental / Jazz / Creative Music

Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra:
Rez Abbasi - electric guitar
Damon Banks - electric bass guitar
Marco Capelli - acoustic guitar, effects
Nels Cline - electric guitar
Liberty Ellman - electric guitar
David Gilmore - electric guitar
Joel Harrison - electric guitar, national steel guitar
Jerome Harris - electric guitar, electric bass guitar, lap steel guitar
Miles Okazaki - electric guitar
Marvin Sewell - electric guitar, electric slide guitar
Kenny Wessel - electric guitar, banjo

Composed and improvisationally conducted by Adam Rudolph

Produced by Adam Rudolph

"Guitar Moderne: Spotlight: Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra," Michael Ross, Guitar Moderne, March 4, 2015
“On the shortlist for the best modern guitar record of the year is Turning Towards The Light [Cuneiform Rune 406], by Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra. In part because it features ten of the most accomplished, forward thinking jazz guitarists in New York, which, when it comes to jazz, means the world. Rez Abbasi, Nels Cline, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Miles Okazaki, Marco Capelli, Jerome Harris, Joel Harrison, Kenny Wessel, and Marvin Sewell, join Damon Banks on bass to form an ensemble unlike any you have heard.
Turning Towards The Light is must listening for anyone who wants to hear great music that is not about ‘guitar,’ but nevertheless couldn’t have been made by any other instruments. Rudolph took time to explain his organizational system and the process of forging 10 disparate instrumental voices into a cohesive unit...”
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Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz:
“This acoustic-electric guitar summit by an upper-echelon congregation of modernists...
The guitar ensemble merges a multitude of genres and stylizations, including Avant expressionism, folk and rock amid lofty jazz improvisation campaigns. Moreover, the musicians fuse subtle rhythmic ostinatos with gently ascending motifs and a myriad of tonal contrasts, where the acoustic element casts an organic tinge alng with numerous solo spots and contrapuntal excursions. Consequently, the artists' mode of attack isn't relegated to a melee or cutting contest, as Rudolph's conduction mehanism include free-flowing discourses and well-defined overtures...
...a thought- provoking sequence of musical events, often budging matters into another realm, starkly unlike conventional guitar summit fare. ...4/4 Stars”

Mark Keresman, New York City Jazz Record:
“Rudolph has assembled an incredible cast of string-benders, all jazz players but those with an eclectic/inclusive approach - Nels Cline is a member of the rock band Wilco as well as a free improviser; Marvin Sewell has accompanied Cassandra Wilson, David Sanborn and blues singer Queen Esther; and Joel Harrison’s albums have encompassed blues, country, folk, and a tribute to George Harrison....
This notable palette is part of what makes Turning Toward The Light so special. ‘Sun salutation’ is just that- the guitarists imparting their impression of a sunrise. Notes are sparse and ring like far-away bells, playing seems tentative, extended phrases sigh with the volatile promise of a new day.
Rudolph- who does not play on this album and does not play guitar- has created his own auditory universe, one in which jazz improvisation, rock imagination and audacity, minimalism and rhythmic aspects from African and Indian music interlace simultaneously. This is truly Music of the Spheres- his, ours, and some new ones we haven’t visited yet."

Pete Pardo, Sea of Tranquility:
“...Turning Towards the Light is a very 'guitar' centric album, and with the omission of drums, it's up to the various players to create not only the lead melodies but also the rhythms. Much of what you'll hear bridges both rock and jazz, often times crossing over between the two, but always with a metallic edge, as you will experience on the furious ‘Solar Boat’....
...'Sun Salutations’ and ‘Nommo’ tend to weave and meander, much like a cross between Terje Rypdal, King Crimson, and Bill Frisell, while the adventurous ‘Flame and Moth’ takes this almost into prog-rock territory....
Spacious, melodic, atmospheric, and at times raucous, Turning Towards the Light is ultimately a very pleasing listen to jazz, rock, and avant-garde fans, as well as all the guitar geeks out there. ...4/5 Stars”.

On the Winter Solstice of 2014 – the Northern Hemisphere’s longest night of the year – composer, bandleader & percussionist Adam Rudolph convened 11 of New York City’s finest and most adventurous guitarists in a New Jersey studio for a most auspicious event: the debut of Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra, his all-guitar orchestra. In attendance were guitarists Rez Abbasi, Nels Cline, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Miles Okazaki, and Marvin Sewell, all on electric guitars and effects; Damon Banks on bass guitar; Marco Capelli on acoustic guitar, effects; Jerome Harris on electric guitar, electric bass guitar, and lap steel guitar; Joel Harrison on electric guitar and national steel guitar; and Kenny Wessel on electric guitar and banjo. Rudolph had assembled an all-star orchestra; each of these remarkable guitarists were composers and bandleaders in their own right, with a collective musical experience that spanned a universe of contemporary music, from Wilco to Cassandra Wilson to Ornette Coleman and beyond. The studio’s atmosphere on that dark November night was electric. With Rudolph at the helm, an antenna conducting musical charts and creative improvisational energy, the orchestra began to play. The result is this extraordinary release, Turning Towards the Light, the dawn of Rudolph’s visionary, all-guitar “Future Orchestra” and his first release on DC-based Cuneiform Records.

Turning Towards the Light is the 10th release in Adam Rudolph’s series of recordings for Go: Organic Orchestra, a concept for “new” global/creative orchestra that he began developing in 2001. His previous 9 recordings for Go: Organic Orchestra, released on Meta Records, featured an array of instrumentation to bring to life his rhythmically unique creative music. But for Turning Towards the Light, Rudolph envisioned a new kind of orchestral sound conveyed by a single instrument: guitars, whose strings, coaxed by the right hands, are capable of unleashing an orchestra of different musical sounds. He says: “I try to do something new with each performance and recording. This time I wanted to experiment with a new kind of orchestration. I felt that with their range of sound and rhythm, these 11 electric guitars could generate a sonic palate that had never been heard before. I was looking for a new kind of “Future Orchestra” – and I think we found it.”

Rudolph grew up and began playing music on the South Side of Chicago, performing with artists like Fred Anderson. By 1978 he was touring Europe with Don Cherry. Hailed by the New York Times as “a pioneer in world music”, in 1977 Rudolph began his collaborations with kora player Foday Musa Suso, followed by his work with the Gnawa musician Hassan Hakmoun, L. Shankar and other musicians from around the globe. His longest and most significant collaboration was with the great Yusef Lateef; from 1988 until Yusef’s passing in 2013 they performed as a duet and collaborated as composers on many large ensemble projects. “Even when I started focusing more on my own music projects in the early 1990’s, I would always make the time to tour and record with Yusef. I learned so much from him not only about music, but how to live a deeper more spiritual life.”

Since 1992, Rudolph’s primary outlet for his unique compositional vision has been his Moving Pictures ensemble. But in 2001, he founded Go: Organic Orchestra to expand his instrumentation. “I had always been interested in the idea of an orchestral concept of world music, and fascinated not only with the sounds but also with the organizing concepts that structure orchestrations from around the world. …the colotomic structure of Javanese Gamelan or the thematic fibers of a Bantu drum and trumpet orchestra are all valid ways of organizing orchestra. At the same time my approach to orchestra comes out of my work since 1974 in electronic music. With Go: Organic Orchestra, I feel the resonance of iconic electronic music composers such as Pierre Schafer, Stockhausen or Subotnick. And of course I am, like many creative musicians today, a student of the great 20th Century composers of the European tradition – Messian, Carter, Ligeti, Bartok and my personal favorite, Toru Takemitsu.”

[Adam Rudolph / Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra]

Rudolph has integrated and transformed these influences into a highly personalized language, a language whose rhythmic component, which he calls “Cyclic Verticalism,” combines polyrhythms (from African music) and rhythm cycles (from Indian music). Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra has performed worldwide at music festivals and served residencies in such countries as USA, Turkey, Mexico, Italy, Finland, Denmark and Norway.

Rudolph’s process is more egalitarian and community driven than the top down structure of Western orchestra. “My idea is to get the most structural and aesthetic focus from the music with the least amount of reading. I want the musicians to bring their own voice, feeling, and phraseology to the music. In a kind of “de-composing” process, he creates graphic scores that consist of what he calls “pure elements” – “Interval Matrices,” “Cosmograms” and Ostinatos of Circularity”. Add to the process Rudolph’s unique conducting method. “Through trial and error I have invented my own way of conducting. As with the score, I wanted my conducting to yield as much interpretative range as I could get with the fewest, simplest and clearest gestures possible. I think of my conducting method as being more related to the idea of something that conducts electricity than someone who is always leading. When I begin a concert, I don’t know what is going to happen, how the music will unfold. After my initial gesture, as I hear the first sounds of the orchestra I follow the feelings and ideas of where the music flows. But we are all PREPARED due to deep study of the elements in the score. So the score, the musicians and myself as conductor, we all dialogue in a process which I consider “organic.”

With the Go: Organic Guitar Orchestrahe moves the idea of what an orchestra can actually BE resolutely into the 21st century. He states: “When you generate new creative processes, the result will be prototypical art.” On Turning Towards the Lightthe 11 guitarists sound in turn like a futuristic string section, percussion group, woodwinds, and brass. Rudolph says that his NOT being a guitarist was an advantage in leading this project. “Since I don’t play guitar, I don’t really think “guitaristically,” I’m thinking compositionally and percussively. Perhaps that led us into some areas we might not have gotten to otherwise. I have to say also that these musicians were so incredible – they were so generous in letting their virtuosity serve the musical moment. They played with so much imagination and soulfulness. I am grateful.”

Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra is a natural evolution for Rudolph’s orchestral vision. The music asks to be heard on its own terms; its unprecedented sounds and formulations invite the listener to set aside their preconceived ideas and expectations. Rudolph adds: “while I was mixing the recording I felt the music itself was so new that is was teaching me HOW to listen to itself. The act of listening to it became a creative activity. I think there are still people who like to engage music that way.”

To celebrate the release of Turning Towards the Light, Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra will be playing shows in major cities along the East Coast, in venues including Roulette and Ars Nova. The all-star guitar orchestra is also available for festival bookings worldwide.


[WATCH: Adam Rudolph/Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra Live @ Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, PA - 11.22.2015 - #1]



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