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Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive – Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas (Meta Records, 2019)

Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas is a fantastic project envisioned by American percussion maestro, world fusion pioneer and composer Adam Rudolph, who leads the groundbreaking Go: Organic Orchestra. This extraordinary double album brings together forward thinking contemporary jazz, classical and world music via the Go: Organic Orchestra and the unconventional approach to Indian classical music of Brooklyn Raga Massive.

The 40-piece ensemble performs a set of composed and improvised pieces that defy musical boundaries with a mix of captivating global percussion, exploratory winds, marvelous strings, mesmerizing Indian vocals and instrumentation, exquisite electric piano, dreamlike harp, and Moroccan Gnawa trance music.

Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive – Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas

This album feels like the culmination of everything I’ve been reaching for in my creative pursuits,” explains Rudolph. “With this music I can hear the humanity of all these different musicians shine through, and their voices bring forth something that’s never existed before.”

Violinist Trina Basu, a longtime member of both Go: Organic and Brooklyn Raga Massive affirms, “In the history of Indian Classical music collaborations, we have never heard anything recorded like Ragmala. We feel this is a new high-water mark for all of us.”

The impressive ensemble includes Jay Ghandi on bansuri; Arun Ramamurthy on violin; Trina Basu on violin; Samarth Nagarkar on vocals; Neel Murgai on rhythm sitar and overtone singing; Sameer Gupta on tabla; David Ellenbogen on electric rhythm guitar; Abhik Mukherjee on sitar; Bala Skandan on mridangam; Mari Tanaka on tampura; Kaoru Watanabe on C flute, fue and noh kan; Michel Gentile on c flute; Sylvain Leroux on chromatic tambin, tambin, c flute; Ze Luis on c and alto flute; Mariano Gil on bass flute; Avram Fefer on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet; Sean Sonderegger on bass and contrabass clarinet, soprano saxophone; Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon; Ivan Barenboim on b flat clarinet; Charles Burnham on violin; Julianne Carney-Chung on violin; Sana Nagano on violin; Gwen Laster on violin; Richard Carr on violin; Stephanie Griffin on viola; Leco Reis on acoustic bass; Graham Haynes on cornet, flugelhorn, kudu horn and bamboo vaccine; Stephen Haynes on cornet, flugelhorn, solo alto, pocket trumpet, didgeridoo, conch and kudu horn; Peter Zummo on trombone, didgeridoo, conch and kudu horn; Libby Schwartz on french horn; Mia Theodoratus on harp; Marco Cappelli on electric and acoustic guitars; Alexis Marcelo on keyboards; Damon Banks on electric bass; Harris Eisenstadt on Cuban batá drums (iyá, itótele, okónkolo); Rogerio Boccato on caxixi, mineiro, temple blocks, bells, wood box and surdo; Hamid Drake on drum kit and okónkolo; and Adam Rudolph on iyá, itótele.

Special guests: Hassan Hakmoun on sintir and vocals; and Abderahim Hakmoun on karkabas and vocals.

Ragmala is an exceptional album conducted by talented composer, percussionist and visionary Adam Rudolph.

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The album release concert will take place on Friday, December 13 at Live@365 Series, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY, 365 5th Ave, New York City, USA.

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Artist Profiles: Go: Organic Orchestra

Go: Organic Orchestra

Go: Organic Orchestra is a 21st century concept of a “future orchestra”. Artistic director Adam Rudolph‘s archetypal method to composing and improvisational conducting incorporates musical forms from across the world.

Using a non-linear score with his distinctive approach to rhythm as the nucleus, Rudolph improvisationally leads the musicians in concert. This creates unplanned orchestrations that serve as both context and inspiration for the musicians’ improvisational dialog.

For over two decades, Rudolph has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians in the Go: Organic Orchestra concept throughout North America and Europe.

Rudolph has performed with Go: Organic Orchestra ensembles in New York, Los Angeles and Austin, Naples, Palermo and Istanbul.

Go: Organic Orchestra with Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Rubin Museum of Art – Photo by Adrien H. Tillman

In 2019, Go: Organic Orchestra released an outstanding double album titled Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas in collaboration with Brooklyn Raga Massive and Gnawa musician Hassan Hakmoun.

Discography:

Go: Organic Orchestra 1 ‎(Meta Records, 2002)
Web Of Light ‎(Meta Records, 2002)
In The Garden ‎(Meta Records, 2003)
Thought Forms ‎(Meta Records, 2008)
Can You Imagine… The Sound Of A Dream ‎(Meta Records, 2011)
Sonic Mandala (Meta Records, 2013)
Turning Towards The Light ‎(Cuneiform Records, 2015)
Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas (Meta Records, 2019)


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Artist Profiles: Adam Rudolph

Adam Rudolph
Adam Rudolph

Adam Rudolph, a native of Chicago, is known as one of the early innovators in what is now called world music. In 1977 he co-founded The Mandingo Griot Society with Gambian musician Foday Musa Suso, one of the first bands to combine African and American music. In 1988, he recorded the first fusion of American and Gnawa music with Moroccan sintir player and vocalist Hassan Hakmoun and jazz trumpet great Don Cherry. In the same year. Rudolph began his association with the legendary Yusef Lateef, which continued until Lateef’s passing in 2013 to this day.

In April of 2002, when Omar Sosa and his Septet arrived in Los Angeles for a run at the Jazz Bakery, it was possible for Rudolph and Sosa, two kindred spirits, to meet and make music together. The result was Pictures of Soul, a journey into the transcendent realms of the creative music process.

Pictures of Soul is an improvised music collaboration between Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Rudolph, based in Los Angeles These two creative musicians had enjoyed each other’s work at a distance for several years. Both share an appreciation of ritual trance music.

Sosa and Rudolph both experience their art as an interactive spiritual voyage. Their approach in the studio called simply for an openness to explore musical landscapes together – without charts, without rehearsal. In Pictures of Soul Sosa plays mostly acoustic piano, both on the keys and inside the instrument. Rudolph is featured on an array of hand drums, including jembe, tarija, dumbek and tabla.

Go: Organic Orchestra

Rudolph leads his own ensemble, Go: Organic Orchestra, an orchestral concept of world/improvisational music. In 2019, Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra released an album titled
Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas in cooperation with Brooklyn Raga Massive.

Discography:

Gift of Gnawa (Flying Fish, 1991)
Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures (Flying Fish, 1992)
Skyway (Soul Note, 1994)
12 Arrows (Meta, 1999)
Contemplations (Meta, 1999)
Web of Light (Meta, 2003)
Dream Garden (Justin Time Records, 2008)
Turning Towards the Light (Cuneiform, 2015)
Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas (Meta Records, 2019)

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