Since the 1970s, composer and master hand drummer Adam Rudolph has been pioneering new sounds in jazz and world music for decades. Rudolph explores the musical forms, languages, instrumentation, and cosmologies of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the African Diaspora, often through large ensembles. His compositions display unusual relationships that culminate into wildly imaginative and unexpected sonic universes. Yusef Lateef, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Foday Musa Suso and Hassan Hakmoun are a few of his many collaborators, who have informed his broad aesthetic. Hailed byt the New York Times as "a pioneer in world music," Rudolph has released a number of albums with his Go: Organic Orchestra, a large improvising ensemble conducted by Rudolph using a grid-like score to guide the improvisations.
The music is composed as thematic material that provides a spontaneous orchestral context and inspiration for improvisational dialogue. About this project, Rudolph feels "the resonance of iconic electronic music composers such as Pierre Schafer, Stockhausen or Subotnick." The Organic Guitar Orchestra is a natural evolution of Rudolph’s orchestral vision, bringing together 11 of New York City’s finest and most adventurous guitarists.
These extraordinary musicians composers and bandleaders in their own right and their collective experience reads like a who’s who of contemporary music – from Wilco to Cassandra Wilson to Ornette Coleman. Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra’s debut, Turning Towards the Light (Cuneiform Rune) will be released at this concert.