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  1. Here's a link to the concert series opening this Sunday at 3 p.m. with Julien Labro and the Chanson Experiment. https://mailchi.mp/1e42a3c9db84/rainy-sundays-are-great-for-jazz-202743
  2. On Sunday, April 23rd, The Underground Music Series at LaFontsee Galleries featured trance inducing music by Karuna, the percussion duet of Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake. It was a meditative, mesmerizing ending to season three of the Underground Series, presented by Adventuremusic.org . Here is Kalamazoo area writer John Ephland's review of Karuna's concert in Grand Rapids, https://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=560189
  3. None of the pictures I want to post here will fit, too big. Percussion master Adam Rudolph played and studied with Fred Anderson, Don Cherry and Yusef Lateef, and today leads a variety of ensembles, from symphony size to his Go: Organic Orchestra, Moving Pictures (octet), Hu Vibrational, and a wide range of duets. Jazz From Blue Lake, the radio program, attempted a presentation of his wide ranging music last evening as Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake appear Sunday in the Underground Concert Series in Grand Rapids. To hear the program please click on the Jazz From Blue Lake links at www.bluelake.org/ondemand . For tickets to Sunday's concert, www.adventuremusic.org . This evening after 10 p.m. eastern Blue Lake features the music of Hamid Drake.
  4. Sunday, April 17th at 3 p.m. PERCUSSIONISTS HAMID DRAKE AND ADAM RUDOLPH PRESENT KARUNA, an afternoon of spiritually inspired music at LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids. After over 40 years of making music together, percussionists Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph are choosing to share their love for rhythms in the music of the world, and music’s’ relationship to matters of the spirit, by launching their first tour as a duet, called, after the Sanskrit word, Karuna. Karuna reflects an ongoing dialog between the inner life and outward musical expression. Karuna presents the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion, or creating music as a means of removing harm and suffering from others. Featuring Adam Rudolph on handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba), thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, and percussion; with Hamid Drake on drum kit, vocals, frame drums, udu drums, tabla, and percussion, Karuna is the season finale to www.adventuremusic.orgs ‘s second season of unique musical experiences at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive S.E., Grand Rapids. Hamid Drake observes, “I have been developing a hand drum concept on the drum-set, while Adam says he is developing a drum-set concept on his hand drums. We understand one another.” Drake and Rudolph (now both 60 years old) grew up in Chicago and first met at age 14 in a downtown Chicago drum shop. In the mid-1970s they performed and recorded with saxophonist Fred Anderson (a co-founder of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). In 1977 they joined Foday Musa Suso in founding Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. By 1978 they were touring Europe with the Don Cherry and since that time have performed together in projects with Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Hassan Hakmoun, Hu: Vibrational and Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures. Their shared Chicago roots and longtime global music research and performing experience have allowed them to forge a uniquely shared musical understanding and creative outlook. In collaboration with LaFontsee Galleries and Blue Lake Public Radio’s Lazaro Vega, Adventuremusic.org presents these Sunday afternoon musical experiences as The Underground Series, music at the highest level of creativity in the intimate, listener friendly concert environment of LaFontsee Galleries. Tickets are $20 in advance, $10 for students with a student I.D. and $25 at the door. Kids ages 12 and under are free. Advance tickets available only from www.adventuremusic.org . Please use the site to inquire about how you can insure the future of this series through a larger financial commitment. The phone number at LaFontsee Galleries is (616) 451 – 9820. LaFontsee Galleries is wheelchair accessible. To find LaFontsee Galleries please see, www.lafontsee.us/. For more on Adam Rudolph, including videos, http://www.metarecords.com/adam.html . More about Hamid Drake from: http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Hamid_Drake.html .