An all-acoustic, “all-organic” world music orchestra made up of woodwind and percussion instruments, conducted by renowned Venice world musician Adam Rudolph, has a series of concerts planned at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice.
Infinite Now concerts by the Go: Organic Orchestra are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, June 9th to 12th; and Wednesday through Sunday, June 15th to 18th. Tickets are $15 Wednesday and Thursdays, and $20 for Friday through Sunday performances.
The concerts are based on the consciousness that “in every moment of now, there’s an infinity,” says Rudolph. “It’s about getting away from habits and routines.”
Each of the concerts will feature a different group of between ten and 50 invited acoustic musicians who will improvisationally interpret Rudolph’s compositions. Rudolph will conduct the orchestra, which will use a system of rhythm concepts he has created.
Members of previous Go: Organic Orchestra concerts will make up the core group, with the addition of many new woodwind, percussion and string players invited to rehearse and perform from one to all ten nights. Invited guests include classical players, improvisers and musicians from Africa, India, Bali and the Middle East.
Rudolph will not know which musicians are coming until the night of the performance, which is part of his improvisational concept.
“Each day of music is going to be uniquely different, that’s what’s so exciting,” says Rudolph. “Just as one day the weather is cloudy and another day is sunny, the music will feel different every day.”
Dialogue is the key to the way Rudolph interacts with musicians as a conductor. The music of the Go: Organic Orchestra is thematic material that provides an orchestral context for improvisational dialogue, Rudolph says.
Rudolph uses the rhythm concept he calls “cyclic verticalism,” where polyrhythms as used in African music are combined with rhythmic aspects of Indian music.
In concert, the musicians are conducted using music/letter grids, language themes, graphic and traditional notation, Indian ragas and original song forms to create moods, says Rudolph.
“The music is organic in the sense that the compositions and conducting exist as an inspiration and context for the musicians to express themselves using their instruments as an amplifier for their inner voice,” Rudolph says.
As conductor, Rudolph creates the orchestrations through cues, rhythmic devices and the improvisers’ expressions, he says.
Rudolph has been on the world music scene since the 1970s and has recorded on 14 albums with the legendary world musician Dr. Yusef Lateef. Rudolph plans to play on an 85th birthday tour with Lateef and also will leave for a European tour following the performances at the Electric Lodge.
As a percussionist, Rudolph’s repertoire of world rhythms come from a background in Balinese, Cuban, Ghanian, Haitian, Hindustani and Moroccan traditions, as well as American jazz and blues drumming. He also studied North Indian tabla drumming for 15 years under the tutelage of Pandit Taranath Rao, one of the first tabla players for Ravi Shankar. Under Taranath, Rudolph began to understand the “evolution of rhythm as a high art form,” he says.
Rudolph is also finishing a book of applied theory of his concepts of rhythm cycles, set to be published by Advanced Music.
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