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Rudolph, Adam (C.)

Rudolph, Adam (C.), composer and percussionist; b. Hyde Park, Chicago, IL, 12 September 1955. HiS parents are Rbert Rudolph (b. Chicago) and Judith Steiner Rudolph (cleveland), and he has two brothers, Alex and Daniel.

Rudolph has been hailed as "a pioneer in world music" by the New York Times and "a master percussionist" by Musician magazine. For the past three decades Rudolph has appeared at festivals and concerts throughout North & South America, Europe, Africa, and Japan. He attended the California  Institute of the Arts, 1986 - 1988. In 1988 Rudolph began his association with the legendary Yusef Lateef which lasts to this day. He has recorded 12 albums with Dr. Lateef including their large ensemble collaborations:  "The World at Peace" and "Beyond the Sky." He has performed world-wide with Dr. Lateef in ensembles ranging from their acclaimed duo concerts to appearing as guest soloist with Koln, Atlanta and Detroit symphony orchestras. Since1992 Rudolph has lead his own performing ensemble, Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures, featuring drummer Hamid Drake, Ralph Jones, and Venice based Butoh dance innovator Oguri. The group has performed in both Europe and the United States, and has released several CDs featuring Rudolph's compositions. In 1995 he premiered The Dreamer, an Opera based on Friedreich Nietzsche's "Birth of Tragedy." Since the 1970is Rudolph has been developing his unique/syncretic approach to hand drums in creative collaborations with many masters of cross-cultural and improvised music such as Pharoah Sanders, L. Shankar, and  Fred Anderson. He is known especially for his innovative small group and duo collaborations with Don Cherry, Jon Hassel, Wadada Leo Smith, and Omar Sosa. In 1990 he was commissioned by the LA Festival to create and led Vashti Percussion Ensemble made up of percussionist masters from Bali, Iran, India, Lebanon and Java. The ensemble still performs annually. In the 1980s Rudolph was artistic director of  "World of Percussion" under the auspices of World Music Institute, Symphony Space, NYC. In 2001 Rudolph founded Go: Organic Orchestra, a 25-piece woodwind and percussion ensemble dedicated to developing his unique compositional and rhythm concepts in a large group format. The group is active in recording and performance.
Rudolph is known as one the early innovators in what is now called "World Music." In 1977 he co-founded, The Mandingo Griot Society with Gambian Kora Griot, Foday Musa Suso, one of the first bands to combine African and American music. In 1988, he recorded the first fusions of American and Gnawa (Moroccan) music with Sintir player and singer Hassan Hakmoun. From 1998 to 2001 Rudolph performed at the Festival D'Essaouira in Morocco in collaboration with many leading Gnawa masters. For the last 2 years he was artistic director and curator of "Calling Across the Water" an acoustic collaboration between American and Bambara and Gnawa musicians at the festival. Active as a performer in the Los Angeles creative music scene since 1979, Rudolph has also contributed by producing concerts and running his own Meta Records label. In 1998 he organized the three-day Bootstrap Festival, Los Angeles, presenting over 75 artists from many local and national cultural backgrounds. From 1992-97 he organized and performed a free weekly concert series of improvised music for children at the Jazz Bakery which featured guitarist Kevin Eubanks and Ralph Jones. From 1988 to the present, he has performed additional concerts in Europe, USA and Asia with:  Don Cherry, L. Shankar, Herbie Hancock, Jon Hassel, Foday Musa Suso, Hassan Hakmoun, Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Anderson, Kevin Eubanks, Eternal Wind, Big Black, Jihad Racy, Lester Bowie, Nyoman Wenten, Mahmoud Guinea, and Bennie Maupin.

Selected Recordings:
Gift of the Gnawa - Hassan Hakmoun & Adam Rudolph: Gift of the Gnawa (with Don Cherry) (1991); Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures (1992); Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures: Skyway; The Dreamer (1995); The World at Peace (1997); Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures: Contemplations (1997), 12 Arrows (1999); Spirits (with Pharaoh Sanders) (2000); Beyond the Sky Octet (with Yusef Lateef) (2001); Hu Vibrational (with Hamid Drake) (2002); Go: Organic Orchestra (2002); Organic Orchestra: Web of Light (2002)
As sideperson:
Yusef Lateef (1994-2002): Live in Seattle (duet), African-American Epic Suite w.  Kolner Rundfunk Orchester, Chnops, Fantasia for Flute, Encounters, Live at Montreux, Ballads, Heartvisions, Woodwinds, Live at Luckman; Jon Hassel: City: Works of Fiction; Herbie Hancock & Foday Musa Suso: Jazz Africa; Eternal Wind: Eternal Wind, Terra Incognita, Wasalu; Foday Musa Suso & Mandingo Griot Society: Mandingo Griot Society (featuring Don Cherry, Mighty Rhythm, Watto Sitta with) Herbie Hancock

Grants, Awards and Fellowships:
Arts International 2000 & 2001
American Composers Forum 2001
Durfee Foundation 2000
Meet the Composer /Rockefeller Foundation/AT&T Commissioning Grant 1992
NEA Jazz Performance Grant 1992
Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust Recording Grant 1992
Luso-American Cultural Commission (Portugal) 1990
Cary Trust Contemporary Music Performance Grant 1988
National Dean's List, 1988
Merit Scholarship,

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