Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Adam Rudolph's Organic Orchestra

Wow, now that I'm re-reading the listing, I'm even more impressed. It sounded great. There were 30+ musicians and about 40 or so in the audience. They played for a hour, took a 20 minute break, and then another hour. I recognized a lot of the artists, all top-notch.

There were a bunch of violins, violas, flutes, trumpets, clarinets, one trombone, a piano, an upright bass, a drummer and a percussionist, 2 oboes, a bassoon, and a guitar. Sometimes a bunch of people would be playing, sometimes it was a duo or a few people. It all sounded great. I'm sorry that was the only one I could catch. I really enjoyed the flutes, there were about 5 of them. A few of the artists also had tribal looking instruments, like something that looked liked a hallow tree branch, and some interesting woodwinds.

Adam recently moved here from LA, so hopefully there will be more opportunities. I first found out he existed when he curated the Don Cherry festival at The Stone 2 years ago. It was phenomenal every night.

I heard him say these Roulette gigs are paid rehearsals. I wonder where else they will be playing, but I suspect Europe in big rooms. I bet Roulette is one of those places that is subsidized by Europe. That was only my 2nd time there, but they seem to get some great music. Last time was a duo that played all glass instruments. I mean an entire area full of many, many instrumnents made of glass. Gongs and keys and all kinds of things. It was great.

November 5th
Adam Rudolph/Organic Orchestra
(Also November 19th and 26th)

Composer and Artistic Director Adam Rudolph has constructed music using innovative and experimental means without the use of western music notation. Rudolph will conduct the woodwind players through music/letter grids, language themes, Indian Ragas and song forms to create the moods, movement and sonic gestures.

The percussionists have been learning Rudolph's rhythm concept:"Cyclic Verticalism", whereby polyrhythms (used in African music) are combined with rhythms cycles (used in Indian music). Utilizing these elements in an spontaneous way, elements will weave what Rudolph calls an "audio syncretic music fabric" that serves as a platform for improvisation and self expression.

Go: Organic Orchestra is an ensemble (with both Los Angeles and New York based groups) and a conducting/performance concept that can be taught and peformed anywhere. The musicians listed below will be appearing in performance with Go: Organic Orchestra on one or all of the Monday evening concerts. Additional musicians will be performing: the exact line-up and instrumentation will be determined the night of the performance.

Graham Haynes. Martin Loyato, Stephen Haynes – Trumpet and Cornet
Steve Swell – Trombone
Alex Waterman, Tomas Ulrich, Daniel Levin, Kirsten Jerme - Cello
Charles Burnham, Jean Cook, Sarah Bernstein– Violin
Stephanie Griffin, Miguel Atwood - Viola
Sylvain Leroux, Ze Luis, Michel Gentile, Jane Rigler, Emily Hay– Flutes, Bamboo Flutes
Batya Sobel – Oboe
Sara Schoenbeck - Bassoon
Ned Rothenberg, J.D. Parran, Charles Waters, David Rothenberg- Clarinets
Jerome Harris, Leni Stern, Kenny Wessel, Marco Cappelli, Matt Waugh - Guitars
Harris Eisenstadt, Brahim Fribgane, Gustavo Aguilar, Tim Keiper, Shaun Kelly, Neil Ochoa, Vong Pak, Mamadou Makan Kouyate – Drums and Percussion,
Shanir Blumenkranz, Nick Rosen, Keith Witty, Stuart Popejoy – Acoustic Bass
Alex Marcelo – Acoustic Piano

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