About the project :


Adam Rudolph and  Joseph Bowie first performed together in 2000 @ Lincoln Center with Yusef Lateef.

They have collaborated together in numerous projects since then, including a trio with Omar Sosa and, most recently, in Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures.

Their music is grounded in the American improvisational tradition while embracing music forms, languages, instrumentation, and cosmologies of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the African Diaspora. Decades of performance and research into these music cultures have given the artists the background and experience to create a unique and unprecedented improvisational art form.

About the music :


Compositional forms serve as thematic material to provide an orchestrated context for improvisational dialogue.

Music materials consist, among other things, of original melodies, textural gestures, sound languages, tone rows,

traditional and synthetic scales diadic and intervallicaly generated harmonies, call and response, polyphony, dynamics

and the coloration of silences.



Unique forms are generated through the concept of “Cyclic Verticalism”, whereby polyrhythms, as used in African music are combined with rhythm cycles, as used in Indian music. When combined with the above-described tonal materials, larger forms can be generated.

In the compositions these materials are utilized to serve emotional coloration; what in India is called Rasa.

Performers are given the freedom to use their imagination and listening ability to develop the compositions within their own individual motion and timing while still relating to the overall form and to the aesthetic and musical functions.

The concept is to generate unusual relationships of sound against sound form against form, and rhythm against rhythm in a non-linear, ever shifting kaleidoscope of music images.


Adam's biography :


Born in 1955, handrummer, percussionist, composer, multi instrumentalist and improviser Adam Rudolph has been hailed as “a pioneer in world music” by the NY times.

Currently he composes for his groups Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures Organic Orchestra, a 15 – 50 piece ensemble for which he has developed an original music notation and conducting system.

He has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians in the Go:  Organic Orchestra concept in both North America and Europe. He has performed at festivals and concerts throughout North & South America, Europe, Africa, and Japan, appeared on numerous albums and released over twenty recordings as a leader.

Over the past 25 years Rudolph has developed a unique syncretic approach to hand drumming in creative collaborations with outstanding artists of cross-cultural and improvised music, including Yusef Lateef, Jon Hassel, L. Shankar, Muhal Richard Abrams, Fred Anderson, Hassan Hakmoun, Sam Rivers, Omar Sosa, and Pharaoh Sanders, and Wadada Leo Smith among others.


He has released over a dozen recordings on his own Meta Records label documenting his compositions for various size ensembles.



Adam Rudolph :   handrumset, congas, djembe, tarija, frame drum, thumb pianos, gongs, percussion and mulitphonic singing, sintir, piano


Joseph Bowie : trombone, electronics, vocal, harmonica, congas, djembe, percussion

Press and Project links :


-"The evening was transformed into an extraordinary and lyrical happening with music of ethereal light", Il Giornale.

-"A pioneer in world music.", New York Times.

-"Percussionist Adam Rudolph has been fusing jazz and world music for decades, to the point where the two coexist as a seamless whole.", The Philadelphia Daily News.

-"A project of haunting power and beauty. Captivating and profoundly beautiful, Earshot Jazz.

-"Adam Rudolph is percussion master...Dream Garden [is] a career achievement for Rudolph, one that should finally make the jazz world sit up and take notice.", All Music Guide

-"A vibrant collage that's soulful, edgy and refreshingly spiritual.", Jazzwax.com.


 ADAM RUDOLPH (handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion)


JOSEPH BOWIE (trombone, vocal, harmonica, congas, djembe, percussion)


GRAHAM HAYNES (cornet, flugelhorn, percussion)


RALPH JONES (flute, bass clarinet, alto flute, soprano and tenor saxophones, bamboo flutes)


JAMES HURT (stick and hand drums, bells, keyboards, melodica, percussion)


KENNY WESSEL (electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, percussion)


JEROME HARRIS (acoustic bass guitar, slide guitar, vocal, percussion)


ALEXANDER OVERINGTON (live processing, samples. vocal)

Live concert performance @ Tampere Jazz Happening, Finland, November, 3 2012 credits released 23 January 2013

23. March 2013 to  April 14 IGBO TOUR USA

29. March 2013  IGBO + Defunkt Millenium - Shapeshifter Lab - Brooklyn, NY  USA

30. March 2013  IGBO Moving Pictures - Shapeshifter Lab - Brooklyn, NY  US


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