Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures Tours East Coast; Yeyi Duo Tours Midwest


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Composer & Master Percussionist Adam Rudolph
Tours in March & April With Moving Pictures Quintet and Octet
(Boston, New Haven, Teaneck, Philadelphia, New York City)

Yeyi Duet With Multi-Instrumentalist Ralph Jones Tours Midwest
(Champaign-Urbana, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Oberlin)


This March and April, master percussionist Adam Rudolph will tour the East Coast with a brand new edition of his Moving Pictures Quintet and Octet. Rudolph originally founded the group in the late 1980s as a vehicle for his explorations of what would later come to be known as world music, a field he has been exploring since his first recordings in the 1970s.

Rudolph recently received his second Chamber Music America New Works commissioning grant. On this tour, Moving Pictures will premier new compositions he wrote for the current lineup with the help of the CMA grant. The new lineup features veteran bassist Jerome Harris, the saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Ralph Jones, the trombonist and percussion player Joseph Bowie (brother of the late Lester Bowie) and percussionist Matt Kilmer.  Members of the ensemble continuing in the current incarnation include cornetist/flugelhornist Graham Haynes, guitarist Kenny Wessel and the Moroccan-born oudist/percussionist Brahim Fribgane. Together the musical credits of theses artists span the entirety of contemporary instrumental music from Ornette Coleman to L. Shankar.

With a pair of new releases on his own Meta Records label, Rudolph celebrates two decades-long partnerships in which hes found just that kind of alchemy. On Towards the Unknown, the string section from Rudolphs Go: Organic Orchestra is woven into a concerto for the percussionist and legendary saxophonist Yusef Lateef; Rudolph is then featured in a second concerto, composed for him by Lateef and featuring thirteen members of the S.E.M. Ensemble conducted by Czech composer Petr Kotik. And with Yeyi, Ralph Jones employs an arsenal of woodwind instruments to complement Rudolphs percussion battery in a wide-ranging, deeply spiritual dialogue.


Rudolph and Jones partnership dates back more then thirty years to the 1974 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, where they performed on a bill that also included Sun Ra and James Brown. They were brought together by trumpeter Charles Moore, with whom they later cofounded the Eternal Wind Quartet.

Yeyi & Towards The Unknown CD Release Date: April 20, 2010


Mondays:  March 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010

Go: Organic Orchestra (42 musicians)
Roulette Intermedium 8:30 pm
20 Greene St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-8242
composed & conducted by Adam Rudolph

Friday March 26, 2010

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Moving Pictures Quintet
with gnawa master Hassan Hakmoun
with Adam Rudolph, Ralph Jones, Graham Haynes, Kenny Wessel, Brahim Fribgane
7:30 pm $20 general admission; $16 members, students, and seniors
100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 478-3100


Friday April 2, 2010
Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT
Moving Pictures Quintet
with Adam Rudolph, Joseph Bowie, Graham Haynes, Kenny Wessel, Brahim Fribgane
8:30 pm $18
10:00 pm $12
45 Crown St

New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 785.0468


Saturday April 3, 2010
Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ.
Moving Pictures Quintet
with Adam Rudolph, Joseph Bowie, Graham Haynes, Kenny Wessel, Brahim Fribgane
8:00 pm $10 suggested donation

20 East Oakdene Avenue
Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 836-8923

Friday April 9, 2010
The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA
Moving Pictures Octet
with Adam Rudolph, Joseph Bowie, Graham Haynes, Ralph Jones, Matt Kilmer, Kenny Wessel, Jerome Harris, Brahim Fribgane

8:00 pm General Admission $ 25; Crush Card holder $ 20; Member $ 12.50
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1293
(215) 925-9914

Saturday April 10, 2010
(le) Poisson Rouge, New York, NY presented by World Music Institute

Moving Pictures Octet
with Adam Rudolph, Joseph Bowie, Graham Haynes, Ralph Jones, Matt Kilmer, Kenny Wessel, Jerome Harris, Brahim Fribgane
7:00 pm $25 General Admission
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012-1408
(212) 228-4854

Thursday April 22, 2010

University of Illinois-Champagne-Urbana

Yeyi Adam Rudolph/Ralph Jones Duet
7:30 pm FREE
500 Peabody Drive

Champaign, IL 61820-6986
(217) 333-1861


Friday April 23, 2010

The Velvet Lounge, Chicago, IL
Yeyi Adam Rudolph/Ralph Jones Duet

67 East Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616-2122
(312) 791-9050

Saturday April 24, 2010
Mexicains Sans Frontieres, Grand Rapids, MI presented by Blue Lake Public Radio

Yeyi Adam Rudolph/Ralph Jones Duet
8:00 pm $10
120 S Division Av #226
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Sunday April 25, 2010
Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI
Yeyi Adam Rudolph/Ralph Jones Duet

7:30 pm $25 Assigned Rows 1-2; $15 Assigned Rows 3-5; $10 General Admission; $5 Student
415 North 4th Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1103
(734) 769-2999

Monday April 26, 2010
Oberlin College, Fairchild Chapel, Oberlin, OH
Yeyi Adam Rudolph/Ralph Jones Duet

Concert Time TBA FREE

39 W. College St.,
Oberlin, OH 44074


Born in 1955, handrummer, percussionist, composer, multi instrumentalist and improviser Adam Rudolph has been hailed as a pioneer in world music by the New York Times. Currently he composes for his groups Moving Pictures, Hu: Vibrational, and Go: Organic Orchestra, a 15 50 piece ensemble for which he has developed an original music notation and conducting system. Over the past 25 years he has developed a unique syncretic approach to hand drumming in creative collaborations with outstanding artists of cross-cultural and improvised music, including Don Cherry, Jon Hassell, L. Shankar, Pharaoh Sanders, Fred Anderson, Hassan Hakmoun and Wadada Leo Smith among others.

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