GO: ORGANIC GUITAR ORCHESTRA – composed and improvisationally conducted by ADAM RUDOLPH
Performing guitar artists: Nels Cline, David Gilmore, Miles Okazaki, Damon Banks, Marco Cappelli, Liberty Ellman, Joel Harrison, Jerome Harris, Brandon Ross, Kenny Wessel
For this, the debut of Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra, Adam Rudolph called upon 11 of New York City’s finest and most adventurous guitarists. These extraordinary musicians are each composers and bandleaders in their own right; their collective experience reads like a who’s who of contemporary music – from Wilco to Cassandra Wilson to Ornette Coleman.
This is the 10th release of Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra since he began developing the concept in 2001. With “Turning Towards the Light” Rudolph has envisioned and realized a new kind of orchestral sound. He says: “I try to do something new with each performance and recording I do. This time I wanted to experiment with a new kind of orchestration. I felt that the 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 and by 1978 he was touring Europe with Don Cherry. 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.