Joseph Bowie/Adam Rudolph Duet

Date(s) - Tuesday 03/20/2012
11:00 pm



Joseph BowieFree jazz and electronica unite with the rhythms of the world as jazz great Joseph Bowie and world music icon Adam Rudolph perform together at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 20 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue (at 101st Street) in North Troy.  Admission is to the all-ages show is $10.  Call (518) 272-2390, email [email protected], or visit for directions and more information.

Adam Rudolph and Joseph Bowie first performed together in 2000 at Lincoln Center with Yusef Lateef.  They have collaborated 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. 

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

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

Joseph Bowie (born October 17, 1953 in St Louis, Missouri) is an American bandleader, trombonist, and founder of the seminal jazz fusion band, Defunkt. The group has been blending jazz with funk and punk music for more than three consecutive decades.

Bowie is the younger brother of world renowned avant-garde jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie, and saxophonist Byron Bowie.  He began his career with the Black Artists Group, a musical collective from St. Louis, then later joined the Human Arts Ensemble (founded by Charles “Bobo” Shaw), the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, and became involved with various rhythm and blues projects alongside no wave saxophonist James Chance.

After recovering from a bout with drug addiction during the 1980s, Bowie discovered Buddhism and has been a practicing Buddhist ever since.  In 2003 Bowie moved to The Netherlands, where he lives in the small town of Gorinchem where he works with a number of groups, including Kosen-Rufu and Defunkt.

Adam RudolphBorn in 1955, Adam 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.  

For the past three decades composer, improviser and percussionist he has performed extensively in concert throughout North and 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.

This is event is co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! and the Arts Department at RPI.