Contemplation of a Mandala returns us from the illusion of individual existence into a way of living in resonance with the wholeness of nature. In music we can call this practice Sonic Mandala. In it we generate ostinatos of circularity that play in a synchronized sound weaving of space and motion. Patterns become like design, thought, dialogue, and forms in nature. These over time create momentum; an invitation to join in the shared experience of the lifted moment. ar
released September 24, 2015
Music composed and improvisationally conducted by Adam Rudolph
Rhythms composed by Adam Rudolph except Part Twelve composed by Brahim Fribgane
Published by Migration Music BMI
For my father
Recorded April 20 & May 5 & 6 2012 at Orange Music Sound Studio, New Jersey
Recording, mix and mastering by James Dellatacoma
Photography by Noureddine El Warari
Design by Sylvain Leroux
Produced by Adam Rudolph
This project was supported by New Music USA’s CAP Recording Program, made possible by endowment funds from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and with funds from The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.
Go: Organic Orchestra
Ralph M. Jones - alto and c flute, hulusi, bamboo flutes
Kaoru Watanabe – noh kan, fue, c flute
Zé Luis Oliveira – c and alto flute, bamboo flutes
Michel Gentile – c and alto flute, bamboo flutes
Sylvain Leroux – tambin fulani flute, c flute, sheng, bamboo flutes
Batya Sobel – oboe, ocarina
Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon, sona
Ned Rothenberg – b flat & bass clarinet, shakuhachi
J D Parran – contra alto clarinet, kalimbas, ewart bamboo flute
Avram Fefer - b flat & bass clarinet, bamboo flutes
Ivan Barenboim - b flat clarinet, bamboo flutes
Graham Haynes – cornet, flugelhorn, ewart bamboo horn
Stephen Haynes – trumpet, flugelhorn, alto horn, conch
Peter Zummo – trombone, conch, didgeridoo, zither
Elektra Kurtis – violin
Rosemarie Hertlein – violin
Gwen Laster – violin
Sarah Bernstein – violin
Skye Steele – violin
Curtis Stewart – violin
This quintet has acquired legendary status as a working unit...all the musicians are exemplary at their craft and DD is one of my 'Big5'...he is an exquisite composer of both depth and breadth of vision...you can instantly recognise Dave's DNA in a tune...what's more, you feel there is also so much more to come!;his powers of expression are so special.
These compositions are from the heart and I can only suggest that you take them to yours...
Yes,yes,yes! I've been waiting for Dave to do this again...two brilliant runs by DDQ and Keystone were documented on Greenleaf back in the day; they were groundbreaking...recorded and released within 24 hours for each set...they were stellar performances and I play them again and again.
With absolutely no chance of ever being there, this is the closest i'll ever be to 'being there'...so excited I may need to lay down in a darkened room for a while! John Cratchley
"FLY or DIE LIVE" is an excellent document of a live set by a dynamic and tight collaborative unit who give voice to both the world we live in and the changes that need to be made in that world. An excellent example of improvisational and spontaneous performance where music and mood are all created in the moment. Branch and the band are all tight, all performing at an inspired level.
A really great album that fully demonstrates the skill and talent of an amazing group of artists. rikm