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Focus and Field

by Adam Rudolph

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Tsuzumi 28:47 video
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Mu Wi 09:24 video

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"a mysterious soundscape of profound depth”
- Takehiko Tokiwa, JazzLife Japan



Tsuzumi

The miko* at Kimbu's holy peak
strikes her hand-drum, loud, then soft
How mesmerizing is her beat
Oh, do come on, let's go there too!
Pon-pon, don-don
resounding on and on
how does she manage to drum like that
thrumming on endlessly?

*miko is a female shaman and messenger of Shinto

On listening

By extinguishing momentarily the bright flame of realistic consciousness and darkening the mind, one will enable the deeper consciousness to surface.

This is very close to a state of being half awake and half asleep.

The feeling of being halfway between dreaming and reality is the territory of time and space where the non-realistic consciousness dwells.

It is where the participant can attune to the consciousness of the music.

Past experiences in the depths of one's psyche will reverberate sympathetically with emotions expressed in the performance.

credits

released December 4, 2020

Sumie Kaneko – vocal, koto, shamisen
Stephanie Griffin – viola
Kaoru Watanabe – shinobue, noh kan, fue, taiko, percussion
gamin – piri, saenghwang
Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon
Ned Rothenberg – shakuhachi, bass clarinet
Ivan Barenboim – b flat clarinet, contra-alto clarinet
Michel Gentile – c, alto, and bass flutes, bamboo flutes
Adam Rudolph – handrumset

Music composed and spontaneously conducted by Adam Rudolph
Interpretation and realization by the ensemble

Recorded live in concert March 8, 2020 at Roulette Intermedium, New York by Stephe Cooper assisted by Kai-Wei (Calvin) Chang

Mixed & mastered by James Dellatacoma at Orange Music Sound Studio New Jersey

Poetry from Ryojin Hisho – 1180 CE
Photos by Adam Rudolph
Inside panel notes inspired by Kumio Komaru
Graphic design by Sylvain Leroux
Produced by Adam Rudolph
Migration Music BMI

Thanks to Chieko Kojima, Nancy Jackson, Mas Yamagata, Woramon Jamjod, Jim Staley and the staff at Roulette

Dedicated to our dear families: Those here, those gone, and those still to come.

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Adam Rudolph New York, New York

Composer, improviser, and percussionist

Hailed as “a pioneer in World music” by the NY Times and “a master percussionist” by Musician magazine.

Current projects include Go: Organic Orchestra, Moving Pictures, and Hu Vibrational.

Performed and recorded extensively with Yusef Lateef from 1988-2013

Also with Don Cherry, Jon Hassell, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, and many others.
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