Adam Rudolph: Go Organic Orchestra

Monday, April 9, 2012. 8:00 pm

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

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.

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In addition to the weekly concerts (April 2nd, 9th, 16th & 30th), Rudolph will be conducting open rehearsals on April 9th (6:30 – 7:30pm @ Roulette), April 14th (1:00 – 4:00 PM @ Guruje), and April 28th (1:00 – 4:00 PM @ Guruje).  There will also be pre-concert talks at Roulette on April 16th & 30th (6:30 – 7:30 PM).  All rehearsals are free and open to the public. Both pre-concert artist talks are free with purchase of a ticket to the performance.  Presented by Roulette with the generous support of Metlife Creative Connections

Guruje is located at:
The Village @ Gureje – Renate Albertsen-Marton Gallery
884-886 Pacific Street, Brooklyn NY 11238