Monday, October 26, 2009
Unique in the realm of approaches to improvisational conducting, Go: Organic Orchestra utilizes a composed non-linear score consisting of sound and motion elements. These include tone rows, synthetic scales, melodies, linguistic shapes, intervallic patterns, textural gestures, modes, ragas, maqams, and plainchant. The score serves to provide material for both the improvisations and the orchestrations. Motion and forms and are generated through the application of the composer’s rhythm concept “Cyclic Verticalism” whereby polymeters are combined with additive rhythm cycles.
In concert, the composer conducts the musicians in a spontaneous way by using a variety of hand signals to cue and orchestrate the score and direct the improvisations. He seeks to generate unusual relationships of sound against sound, form against form, and rhythm against rhythm in a non-linear, ever shifting kaleidoscope of music images: weaving an “audio syncretic music fabric”.
The music is “organic” in the sense that the compositions and conducting serve as inspiration and context for the musicians to express themselves in the moment by using their instruments as an amplifier for their inner voice. Through listening and imagination the conductor and performers inspire one another to create emotional colorations of sound.
Rather than the score being a set of instructions of what, how and when to play, the non-linear semiotic (symbols) of the written music are an invitation to discover the potentialities of what can happen when transformed into syntax as expressed through the hands and breath of a group of virtuosic, imaginative, and soulful improvisers.
Sylvain Leroux -Tambin Fulani Flute, C Flute Ze Luis – C flute, Bamboo Flute Michel Gentile – C and Alto Flute, Bamboo Flute Kaoru Watanabe – Noh Kan, Fue, C Flute Steve Gorn – Bansuri Flute, Hichiriki Pyotr Gazarov- C flute, Bamboo Flute Batya Sobel – Oboe Sara Schoenbeck – Bassoon, Sona Ned Rothenberg – Bass Clarinet, Shakuhachi Charles Waters – B flat Clarinet David Rothenberg – B flat Clarinet, SeljeflÃ¸ytes Avram Fefer – B flat Clarinet JD Parran – Contra Alto Clarinet, Kalimbas Graham Haynes – Cornet, Bamboo Horn Amir Elsaffar – Trumpet, Santoor, Bamboo Horn Stephen Haynes – Trumpet, Conch, Didjiridoo Steve Swell – Trombone, Bamboo Horn Peter Zummo – Trombone, Didjiridoo Charles Burnham – Violin Sarah Bernstein – Violin Trina Basu – Violin Jason Hwang – Violin Mark Chung- Violin Tom Swafford – Violin Curtis Stewart – Violin Melanie Dyer – Viola Stephanie Griffin – Viola Kirsten Jerme – Cello Kenny Wessel – Electric Guitar, Banjo Leni Stern – Electric Guitar, Ngoni Marco Cappelli – Acoustic Guitar Brahim Fribgane – Oud and Percussion Harris Eisenstadt – Drum Set, Kutero Jonathan Singer – Tabla, Mridngam, Percussion Matt Kilmer – Frame Drums, Percussion James Hurt – Batajon, Percussion Chris Dingman – Vibraphone Stuart Popejoy – Acoustic Bass Guitar Alex Marcelo – Acoustic Piano
” I caught a performance Go: Organic Orchestra down in SoHo last spring and was swept away by what they were doing. It was fascinating and ahead of its time, in the best possible way. I loved every minute of it. ” – Marc Meyers, jazzwax.com
” I was fortunate to have attended two nights with Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra at Roulette a few months back and was blown away by Adam’s distinctive blend of jazz and world music as well as his conducting.” – Bruce Lee Gallanter – Downtown Music Gallery
“The music, performed by a large ensemble of wind and percussion players, rose like vines from hand drummer Adam Rudolph’s written instructions and hand signals. And it truly is organic — a blend of gentle sustained dissonance, heaven-crashing rhythm jams, and individual improvisations. No joke: a startling and involving development in roots music, with more to follow.” – Greg Burk, LA Weekly
More info: http://www.metarecords.com/go.html