A Different Nature
A Different Nature Mission Statement: A Sustained Explorations of New, Experimental Music and Sonic Art
A Different Nature is a curatorial program of genre-defying avant garde music and spoken word that champions historic and modern sound art and spotlights, new, emergent experimental music and audio art generally not heard anywhere else.
The program's format provides the space for deep listening to pieces not confined to pop song lengths and shows are generally focused on an artist, school of music or discipline, record label or art movement.
A Different Nature is a collaborative effort of the ADN Collective, who each curate a show every week on an informal rotating basis, or a group show, depending on the subject at hand.
A Different Nature was founded in the late Seventies by Richard Francis, who fearlessly championed new music and the unheard Avant Garde. His programs went into exhaustive detail on individual artists, labels and musical disciplines. He also spearheaded many important events on the air, such as the 2001 and 2008 Dada and Surrealism festivals that dominated the airwaves for days on end and involved many in the local avant garde community as well as many KBOO programmers.
Richard passed away in 2009 but it's our hope to carry on with his mission of introducing listeners to unheard new music as a collective of his collaborators and listeners.
Long live Papa Dada!
Airs every Monday from 8 to 10 PM
This time on A Different Nature, we delve into the program's past, and play gems from founder Richard Francis' own record collection. It's KBOO's spring membership drive, so A Different Nature listeners will have the opportunity to pledge their support for the station during the program. We have special thank-you gifts to offer new or renewing members: copies of the CD "Hendrix Uncovered: New Music Inspired by Jimi Hendrix", donated by March Music Moderne & Bob Priest.
- Length: 119:47 minutes (164.51 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)
For forty years, the San Francisco Avant-Garde band The Residents have basked in relative obscurity, much of it self-imposed. Their earliest modus operandi had them creating works under their 'theory of obscurity', first coined by N. Senada, who may or may not be an actual person. One aspect of the theory is that a work is created with the intent of never releasing a work until every participant has forgotten about it - or something like that.
Another aspect of the Residents is that they've kept their real identity a secret for many decades, with a few people speaking on their behalf in a business capacity who may or may not be Residents themselves.. Hmmm..
We did, however, manage to get Homer Flynn, The Resident's creative director and visual Major Domo on the phone, while he was, uh, helping the band on the Eastern leg of their Wonder of Weird 40th Anniversary tour.
Homer was more than generous with his time and lots of questions get answered, including a long-time rumour around KBOO's history.
But I'll let you listen to that yourself.
- Title: Interview with Homer Flynn of The Residents
- Length: 37:10 minutes (187.57 MB)
- Format: RIFF Mono 44kHz 705Kbps (CBR)
Kathy, Dr Zomb & Rolf interviewed Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots for A DIFFERENT NATURE. We conducted the interview at the Doug Fir a couple hours before they performed and aired it on ADN that night. Also thanks to Crystal for digital audio editing before the interview aired.
- Title: Edward Ka-spel interview
- Length: 23:31 minutes (21.53 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
|Robert Ashley||the backyard||Private Parts||Lovely Music, Ltd.|
|Robert Ashley||clip from film by Peter Greenaway|
|Robert Ashley||the park||Private Parts||Lovely Music, Ltd.|
|Robert Ashley||In Sara, Mencken, Christ & Beethoven||In Sara, Mencken, Christ & Beethoven||Lovely Music, Ltd.|
|Robert Ashley||Automatic Writing||Automatic Writing||Lovely Music, Ltd.|
|Roger Doyle||Bitter Sweet Suite||Oizzo No||Dom|
|Roger Doyle||Charlotte Corday||His Masters Noise Vol 2||BVHaast|
|Roger Doyle||Thalia||Thalia -Oizzo No||Silverdoor|
|Roger Doyle||The Lament of Louis XVI||His Master's Noise Vol 2||BVHaast|
|Roger Doyle||Extra Bit||Thalia - Oizzo No||Silverdoor|
|Operating Theater||Fin-Estra||Rapid Eye Movement||United Dairies|
|Roger Doyle||Passades Vol 1-Fourth Set||His Master's Noise Vol 2||BVHaast|
|Roger Doyle||The Entertainment of Leisure Pursuits||Babel Vol 1||World Serpent|
|Operating Theater||Rapid Eye Movement||Rapid Eye Movement||United Diaries|
|Miguel Azguime||Le Dicible Enfin Fini||Portuguese Composers||Miso|
|Antonio de Sousa Dias||TeTres||Portuguese Composers||Miso|
|Antonio Ferreira||Gist||Portuguese Composers||Miso|
|Tomas Henriques||Time Warp||Portuguese Composers||Miso|
|Joao Pedro Olveira||Mahakala Sadhana||Portuguese Composers||Miso|
|Nuno Corte-Real||Noa-Noa, homenagem a Gauguin op. 3||Musica Viva Competition||Miso|
|Gustavo Costa||Colagens, fluxos e fluidos||Musica Viva Competition||Miso|
|Jose Luis Marques Ferreira||Le bruit d' une tete qui frappe contre les murs d' une tres petite cellule||Musica Viva Competition||Miso|
|Nuno Leal||Cantico||Musica Viva Competition||Miso|
|Jose Carlos Almeida de Sousa||Viagem||Musica Viva Competition||Miso|
|Panayotis Kokoras||Response||Musica Viva Competition||Miso|
|Ian Corbett||Conversation||Musica Viva Competition||Miso|
|Thomas Cahill-Jones||Bounce Eye (Study in Marbles)||Musica Viva Competition||Miso|
|Andrea Agostini||Funus||Musica Viva Competition||Miso|
Volume I, it is important to refer that the composers included are among the most active, within this musical field, in the past few years, all of them with an established curriculum. These composers present their own approaches to electronic music composition.
Volume II contains the awarded pieces from the 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 Competition, which aims for composers younger than 35 years of age.
|Jonathan Harvey||Motuos Plango, Vivos Voco||Musicworks 87||Musicworks Magazine|
|Wendy Carlos||itle music from A Clockwork Orange||A Clockwork Orange Soundtrack||Warner Bros.|
|Wendy Carlos||Timesteps||A Clockwork Orange Soundtrack||Warner Bros.|
|Susan Alexjander||Rock Piece||unreleased||----------||www.oursounduniverse.com|
|Derek Ecklund||Astoria New Years Eve Midnight||unreleased||----------||kboo.org|
|Derek Ecklund||Sea Lion Snore excerpt||unreleased||----------||kboo.org|
|Lou Reed||Metal Machine Music pt.1||Metal Machine Music||Buddha|
|Continuum||Claude Vivier: Pulau Dewata||unreleased||----------|
|Harvey Mudd College Gamelan||Lou Harrison: In Honor of Aphrodite||unreleased||----------|
|Walter Winslow||Concertati Veneziani I. Brioso||Walter Winslow: Concertati Veneziani & Other Works||CRI|
|Emerson Quartet||Bartók: String Quartet #4, SZ 91 - 5. Allegro Molto||Bartók: The String Quartets [Disc 2]||Deutsche Grammophon|
|Oregon Wind Quintet||Kenji Bunch: Shout Chorus||unreleased||----------|
|Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio||Lou Harrison: Varied Trio - 5. Dance||La Koro Sutro||New Albion|
|Julius Eastman||Evil Nigger||Julius Eastman: Unjust Malaise||New World Records|
|Haskell Small||Hovhaness: Macedonian Mountain Dance||unreleased||----------|
|Iannis Xenakis||Concret Ph||Electronic Music||EMF Media|
|Maggini Quartet||Britten: String Quartet #2 In C, Op. 36 - 2. Vivace||String Quartet 1 D Maj / String Quartet 2 C Maj||Naxos|
|Krzysztof Penderecki||Symphony no. 3 (Passacaglia-Allegro Moderato)||Shutter Island (Music From The Motion Picture)||Rhino Records|
|Bonnie Miksch||Surrender Me Endless||unreleased||----------|
|John C. Savage||Ritual||A Moment In Mythica||CD Baby|
|Maria Choban||Tomas Svoboda: Storm Session||unreleased||----------|
|Hildegard Westerkamp||Breathing Room||Electro Clips||empreintes DIGITALes|
|The Residents||Beyond The Valley of a Day in The Life||The Beatles Play The Residents and The Residents Play The Beatles (single)||Ralph Records|
|James Harley||Spangled||Hendrix Uncovered : New Music Inspired By Jimi Hendrix||Marzena|
|Erik Satie||Le Tango Perpétual (from 'Sports et divertissments)||unknown||----------|
|Arditti Quartet||Xenakis: Ikhoor||Xenakis: Chamber Music 1955 -90 [Disc 2]||Disques Montaigne|
|Dobrinka Tabakova||Insight||String Paths||ECM|
For detailed information pertaining to MMM IV, go to http://www.marchmusicmoderne.org/
from: PIANO BIZARRO (3/12/14)
Stephen Montague: Mirabella [performed by Jennifer Wrignt, toy piano] [3:44]
Art Resnick: Arrivals [performed by Art Resnick & Jennifer Wrignt] [15:22]
Jennifer Wright: Looper [performed by Jennifer Wright, Paul Safar, Ted Clifford, and OlliverBarr] [4:24]
Jennifer Wright: Obscure Terrain [performed by Jennifer Wrignt, skeleton piano] [8:22]
Julius Eastman: Evil Nigger [performed by Jennifer Wrignt, Art Resnick, Paul Safar, and Ted Clifford] [22:03]
from: CPOP & ECCE : INAUGURAL ASSEMBLY (3/8/14)
Frederick Rzewski: Les Moutons de Panurge [7:19]
David Sackmann: Rainier Monster Slayer [prerformed by Avery Pratt, Justin Graham, and Kathryn Brunhaver] [5:13]
Terry Riley: In C [6:24]
from: MC HAMMERED KLAVIER presents STORM SESSION! THE SVOBODA PROJECT 2 (3/15/14)
Tomas Svoboda: Scherzo for flute, clarinet, piano [performed by Janet Bebb, Chris Cox, and Maria Choban] [7:28]
Tomas Svoboda: Storm Session [performed by Maria Choban] [9:17]
Tomas Svoboda: Suite, op. 124 - presto [performed by Maria Choban and Mitchell Falconer] [3:51]
from: FRIENDS OF RAIN (3/16/14)
James Harley: Song for Nobody [performed by Dunja Jennings] [12:12]
from: VENERABLE SHOWERS OF BEAUTY GAMELAN & RESONANCE ENSEMBLE (3/8/14)
Lou Harrison: Gending in Honor of Aphrodite [7:00]
from: OREGON TO VENICE WITH LOVE - THE WINSLOW BROTHERS (3/10/14)
Jeff Winslow: Ghosts and Machines [performed by Mitchell Falconer, Jeff Winslow, and Dianne Davies] [22:40]
from: ELECTRIC MARZENA LAND (3/16/14)
Susan Alexjander: Rock Piece [2:16]
James Harley: Spangled [5:10]
from: FREE MARZ STRING TRIO (Hae-jin Kim - violin, Kenji Bunch - viola, Diane Chaplin - cello) (3/16/14)
Ennio Morricone: Vivo [4:39]
James Harley: Trio Arachne [4:09]
Erik Satie: Le Tango Perpétuel [performed by Jennifer Wright, toy piano] [1:24]
THE ERIK SATIE TANGO PROJECT:
1. Heather Derome: Apeshit [1:41]
2. Linda Woody: Menage à Trois [1:33]
3. John Berendzen: Tango Glaciel [1:39]
4. Denis Floyd: The Devil's Dance [1:39]
5. Robert McBride: It Takes Three [1:21]
6. Byron Au Yong: Tangosa [1:13]
7. Jennifer Wright: Le Tango Ineffectuel [1:26]
8. Beth Karp: Judgement Day Tango [0:47]
Iannis Xenakis: Ikhoor [10:11]
Dobrinka Tabakova: Insight [11:49]
BlaCK MUsiC FRom oUTeR SPacE-- via Saturn, Chicago, Egypt, etc.
In honor of KELAN PHILIP COHRAN's first ever Portland appearance this week, we present not only his own music and that of his ARTISTIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE ('67-'68), but also the music of SUN RA'S ARKESTRA during their Chicago years of the late 1950s til 1961 (which featured COHRAN) and later years, too. When Sun Ra took his band/commune out of Chicago, eventually settling in Philadelphia til Ra's death in '93, Cohran decided not to continue living with and playing with SUN RA. Luckily for Chicago (and for creative musicians everywhere!), Cohran stayed to help foster and support new creative black musicians by helping to found the AACM (the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), which has garnered so many amazing members from its genesis in 1965 until today.
(look at http://aacmchicago.org/aacmmembers)
first, we ventured through the spacier of Sun Ra's later music, and eventually worked our way back to the band that featured not only Phil Cohran's trumpet, but his invented instruments he brought to the band---the "Frankiphone" aka the "Space Harp", ukelin zither)- Sun Ra's early pre-ESP records, Angels and Demons at Play, Fate in A Pleasant Mood, and some rare 1960 recording we found in our own KBOO library that we never even found in our research. (thank you DJ WHAT th!)
ROCKET N0. 9 take off for the planet VENUS - SUN RA & his Myth-Science Arkestra from INTERSTELLAR LOW WAYS, 1960- on Saturn (later Evidence)
HELIOCENTRIC - from Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, vol 1 (1965) - on ESPdisk
the universe sent me - SUN RA from the Norton LP Space Poetry vol 2
OUTER NOTHINGNESS - Sun Ra & his Astro Inter-Galactic Infinity Arkestra from the LP HORIZON. recorded live in Egypt, 71
BLACK HOLES IN SPACE and A BETTER WORLD from the Norton LP. Outer Darkness
excerpt from the Invisible Shield LP
DEEP PURPLE - SUN RA and Stuff Smith, a duet recorded in Sun Ra's Chicago apartment, with Sun Ra on a solovox, prob '58!)
unamed tune recorded live in Berlin in 1983 --SUN RA's Arkestra with DON CHERRY, LESTER BOWIE, PHILLY JO JONES, FAMADOU DON MOYE, ARCHIE SHEPP, CLIFFORD JARVIS AND RICHARD DAVIS (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Lights of a Satellite - from the SUN RA & his Myth-Science Arkestra's 1960 Saturn (later on Evidence) LP, Fate in A Pleasant Mood
Music From The World Tomorrow, and Angels & Demons At Play - both from the 1960 Saturn LP Angels and Demons at Play
MAJESTIC I from MUSIC FROM TOMORROW'S WORLD. a newly released ('02?) rare 1960 session of the Arkestra in Chicago, with Phil Cohran on cornet. on ATAVISTIC records
A CALL FOR ALL DEMONS - from what has been called the first Sun Ra album, "Jazz by Sun Ra", recorded in 1956 and released in 1957 by Tom Wilson's label at the time, called Transition Records, later bought by the Delmark Records guy, Bob Koester, who reissued it in 1967.
This sort of melts into the 1968 recording of PHILIP COHRAN'S Artistic Heritage Ensemble, sometimes called "On The Beach" as it was documents the sessions that took place on Lakeshore Drive in Chicago. This long, long, hypnotic track is called Motherhood and we are trying to imagine what it was like to have been there...it sounds like a pretty small crowd, though Cohran says once the word got out of what was happening there on the beach of Lake Michigan, the crowds swelled into the hundreds.
We closed with Creation of The Beast from Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble's LP Armageddon.
into SUN RA speaking about the sub-dwellers. From the Norton (NAWTON!!) LP Sub Dwellers, and finally-
RUIZ vs. FMG from the ultra-weird record, COMIC BOOK HEROES.
WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS SHOW EVEN HALF AS MUCH AS WE DID PRESENTING IT. it may even have changed us in unimaginable ways...
|Karkowski/Furudate/Zeitkratzer||Mix White||World As Will III||Sub Rosa|
|Zbigniew Karkowski||Execution of Intellegence||Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music 3||Sub Rosa|
|Zbigniew Karkowski/Torturing Nurse/Dickson Dee||7||Penetration||Iheartnoise|
|Zbigneiw Karkowski||One And Many||One And Many||Sub Rosa|
|Zbigniew Karkowski/Tetsuo Furudate||?||World As Will IV||Ohm|
|Eric Lanzillotta & Aube||Live at Cafe Independants Kyoto Japan||none||none|
And we'll also spend a little bit of tonight's program on another experimental musician who died late last year, Akifumi Nakajima, who performed under the name of AUBE.
Zbigniew Karkowski (born March 14, 1958 – December 12, 2013) was a Polish experimental musician and composer.
Karkowski studied composition at the State College of Music in Gothenburg, Sweden, aesthetics of modern music at the University of Gothenburg’s Department of Musicology, and computer music at the Chalmers University of Technology. After completing his studies in Sweden, he studied sonology for a year at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Netherlands. During his education, he also attended many summer composition master courses arranged by Centre Acanthes in Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, France, studying with Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez and Georges Aperghis, among others.
He worked actively as a composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music. He wrote pieces for large orchestra (commissioned and performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra), plus an opera and several chamber music pieces that were performed by professional ensembles in Sweden, Poland and Germany.
Along with Edwin van der Heide and Atau Tanaka, he was a founding member of “Sensorband.” In performances by this electroacoustic music performance trio, Karkowski “activated his instrument by the movement of his arms in the space around him; this cut through invisible infrared beams mounted on a scaffolding structure” (Tanaka 2012).
Karkowski lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan, for the last years of his life and was active in the underground noise scene there.
Karkowski died of pancreatic cancer in December 2013.
Aube (1959 – 25.09.2013) was the name used by Japanese musician Akifumi Nakajima (中嶋昭文 Nakajima Akifumi?) for his experimental noise records. He had released many CDs, LPs and cassettes since 1991, and was regarded as one of the most important noise musicians working of his time. He did not like to term his work "music," preferring the term "design": "I don't think of myself as a musician or an artist. I'm a designer. I therefore consider my sound works to be designs as well". The essential element of his Aube project is that each record is composed with only a single material source, manipulated and processed using various types of electronic equipment. Examples of sources he has manipulated include water, fluorescent lamps, voltage-controlled oscillators, voices, pulmonary sounds, the Holy Bible's pages and sounds made with steel wire.
Akifumi Nakajima was born in 1959 in Japan. He was interested in sound work since the 80s, but had not released anything until he was asked to create music for an art installation in the early 90s. Since then, he has created an enormous amount of work - most of which is based on one sound source. Anything is used - from glass to oscillators and even pages from the Bible. His early work was noisier, while his new direction leaned toward ambient.
|Martin Bédard||Champs De Fouilles||Topographies||empreintes DIGITALes||www.electrocd.com|
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|Francis Dhomont||Here And There||… et autres utopies||empreintes DIGITALes||www.electrocd.com|
|Wende Bartley||Ellipsis||Claire-Voie||empreintes DIGITALes||www.electrocd.com|
|Wende Bartley||Rising Tides Of Generations Lost||Claire-Voie||empreintes DIGITALes||www.electrocd.com|
|Francis Dhomont||Corps Et Âme||… et autres utopies||empreintes DIGITALes||www.electrocd.com|
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|Jacques Tremblay||Empathies Entropiques 1-La Petite CamilleEmpathies Entropiques I-VIII||Chroniques D´une Seduction||empreintes DIGITALes||www.electrocd.com|
|Jacques Tremblay||Empathies Entropiques 2-Lénfant d`Afrique||Chroniques D´une Seduction||empreintes DIGITALes|
|Jacques Tremblay||Empathies Entropiques 3-Ganga Is Divine||Chroniques D´une Seduction||empreintes DIGITALes|
|Jacques Tremblay||Empathies Entropiques 4-Lolita Corps Et Ame||Chroniques D´une Seduction||empreintes DIGITALes|
|Jacques Tremblay||Empathies Entropiques 5-Polonaise||Chroniques D´une Seduction||empreintes DIGITALes|
|Jacques Tremblay||Empathies Entropiques 6-Tryptique Russe||Chroniques D´une Seduction||empreintes DIGITALes|
|Jacques Tremblay||Empathies Entropiques 7-Reve Libanais||Chroniques D´une Seduction||empreintes DIGITALes|
|Jacques Tremblay||Empathies Entropiques 8-Haiti Troubadour||Chroniques D´une Seduction||empreintes DIGITALes|
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|Adrian Moore||Power Tools (excerpt)||Rêve de l’aube||empreintes DIGITALes||www.electrocd.com|
8:12 mic break
8:14 Francis Dhomont Here and There (2003), 10m09s
9:52 Adrian Moore Power Tools (2004), 14m25s [excerpt]
|Arturo Meza||Los Cantos de Eloiel||Los Cantos de Eloiel|
|Arturo Meza||In Principio||Cronica Sonora||Gente de Mexico|
|Arturo Meza||Persiatanis Om Luit Magiat|
|Arturo Meza||Requiem||Cronica Sonora||Gente de Mexico|
|Adam Rudolph/Go: Organic Orchestra||part VI - Sonar||Thought Forms||Meta Records|
|part VII - Interior|
|Magnetic Fields Of Mind||Web Of Light||Meta Records|
|Blue Valley||Go: Organic Orchestra: Vol. 1||Meta Records|
|Glimpse and Departure||Can You Imagine...The Sound of Dream||Meta Records|
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|Adam Rudolph/Go: Organic Orchestra featuring Yusef Lateef||Amanita||unreleased||Youtube clip|
|Adam Rudolph/Go: Organic Orchestra||Neither Mirage Nor Death||Can You Imagine...The Sound of Dream||Meta Records|
|Web Of Light||Web Of Light||Meta Records|
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|Adam Rudolph/Go: Organic Orchestra||part II - Mirrors||Thought Forms||Meta Records|
|Dance Drama Part 3 (Blue)||Can You Imagine...The Sound of Dream||Meta Records|
|Atmospheres Of Thought Pt. 1||Web Of Light||Meta Records|
|Atmospheres Of Thought Pt. 2|
|Atmospheres Of Thought Pt. 3|
|Atmospheres Of Thought Pt. 4|
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|Adam Rudolph/Go: Organic Orchestra||Part One (Invitation)||Sonic Mandala||Meta Records|
|Murmuration (part 3)||unreleased||Youtube clip|
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|Adam Rudolph/Go: Organic Orchestra||Circumambulation||Go: Organic Orchestra: Vol. 1||Meta Records|
|To Rafter, To Skylight||Can You Imagine...The Sound of Dream||Meta Records|
|part XI - Golden||Thought Forms||Meta Records|
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|Adam Rudolph/Go: Organic Orchestra||Part Twelve (Universal Mother)||Sonic Mandala||Meta Records|
more info at > http://www.metarecords.com
Adam Rudolph bio
For the past three decades composer, improviser and percussionist Adam Rudolph has performed extensively in concert throughout North & South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Rudolph has been hailed as “a pioneer in world music” by the NY Times and "a master percussionist” by Musician magazine. He has released 25 recordings under his own name, featuring his compositions and percussion work. Rudolph composes for his ensembles Moving Pictures and Organic Orchestra, an 18 to 54 piece group for which he has developed an original music notation and conducting system. He has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians in the Organic Orchestra concept; most recently in Sicily, Naples, Oslo, and Istanbul, NYC and LA. Rudolph recently premiered his opera The Dreamer, based on the text of Friedreich Nietzsche's "The Birth of Tragedy".
Rudolph has performed with Don Cherry, Jon Hassell, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, L. Shankar, A.A.C.M co-founders Fred Anderson and Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith, and Omar Sosa. He has toured extensively and recorded 15 albums with Yusef Lateef including duets and their large ensemble compositional collaborations.
Born in 1955, Rudolph grew up in the Hyde Park area of the Southside of Chicago. From an early age he was exposed to the live music performances of the great blues and improvising artists who lived nearby. As a teenager, Rudolph started playing hand drums in local streets and parks and soon apprenticed with elders of African American improvised music. He performed regularly in Chicago with Fred Anderson and in Detroit with the Contemporary Jazz Quintet. In 1973 Rudolph played on his first record date with Maulawi Nururdin and with the CJQ at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz festival..
In 1977 he lived and studied in Ghana, where he experienced trance ceremonies. In his travels throughout West Africa he saw how music can come from a cosmological grounding beyond music itself and can also be about something beyond music itself. In 1978 he lived in Don Cherry’s house in the Swedish countryside. Cherry inspired him to start composing and showed him about Ornette Coleman’s concept and the connection of music to nature.
Rudolph is known as one the early innovators of what is now called “World Music”. In 1978 he and Gambian Kora player Jali Foday Musa Suso co-founded The Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. In 1988, he recorded the first fusion of American and Gnawa music with Sintir player and singer Hassan Hakmoun. Rudolph intensely studied North Indian Tabla for over 15 years with Pandit Taranath Rao. He learned hundreds of drum compositions and about how music is a form of Yoga – the unity of mind, body and spirit. In 1988 Rudolph began his association with Yusef Lateef, with whom he has recorded over 15 albums including several of their large ensemble collaborations. Lateef introduced Rudolph to the inspirational practice of Autophysiopsychic Music – “that which comes from one’s spiritual, physical and emotional self”. Rudolph still performs worldwide with Dr. Lateef. Their performances have ranged from their acclaimed duet concerts to appearances as guest soloists with the Koln, Atlanta and Detroit symphony orchestras.
Rudolph continues to also create visual art – painting, drawing, photography - and to write. In 2006, his rhythm repository and methodology book, Pure Rhythm was published by Advance Music, Germany. In 2010 Rudolph’s article Music and Mysticism: Rhythm and Form was published in Arcana V, edited by John Zorn. Other essays have been published by Parabola Magazine and Morton Books. Rudolph has been on the faculty of Creative Music Studio ( New York and Istanbul) Esalen Institute, California Institute of the Arts and the Danish Jazz Federation Summer Institute. Rudolph has received grants and compositional commissions from the Rockefeller Foundation, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, Mary Flagler Cary Trust, the NEA, Arts International, Durfee Foundation, Phaedrus Foundation and American Composers Forum.