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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Opening performance of our 22nd season!

Adam Rudolph - handrumset, kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba, thumb pianos,
sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion, electronics
Hamid Drake - drums, percussion
Ralph Jones - reeds, flute, percussion

"Creative Improvised Music for me is all about expressing yourself and being present in the moment of the eternal now. Each day dawns but once. We live with the illusion of routine but we really don't know what is going to happen next. The great mystical traditions are all about teaching us to be in the present moment. The mind loves to go forward and worry or hope, or go into and rehash the past, but all that really exists is the moment of the eternal now. That's one of the things this music celebrates because it's all about creating in the moment." (Adam Rudolph)

An active performing artist in the African-American Improvisational tradition for over 30 years, Ralph Jones is as an internationally recognized performing artist, who has recorded and performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia with Dr. Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Ahmed­Abdul Malik, Wadada Leo Smith, and others, including being a featured soloist with the WDR Radio Orchestra of Koln, Germany, and the Atlanta and Detroit Symphonies in the premiers and performances of Dr. Lateef's "African American Epic Suite" for quintet and orchestra. As an educator, 19 years on the music faculty and as co-chair of the California State Summer School for the Arts, and Faculty-in-Residence at Oberlin College's Afrika Heritage House. Jones has taught musical concepts and performance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Arts and Transformation program. He is currently senior lecturer and musical director of the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble.

Hamid Drake is widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set. Drake has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers such as Peter Brötzmann, Fred Anderson, and Ken Vandermark, among others. Born in Monroe, Louisiana, later moved with his family to Chicago, and taking drum lessons with Fred Anderson's son, eventually becoming the percussionist in Anderson's group. Anderson introduced Drake to George Lewis and other AACM members. Drake has worked with many, including Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, and bassist William Parker.

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