Monday, April 11, 2016

Hamid Drake & Adam Rudolph to perform Thursday, April 21 at Joe's Cafe

Percussionists Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph (pictured) are bringing their duo project Karuna to St. Louis to perform at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at Joe's Cafe, 6010 Kingsbury Ave.

Though this is their first tour as a duo, the two Chicagoans have known each other since they were teenagers, and have been playing music together for more than 40 years.

In combination, they've worked with the tenor saxophonist and Chicago jazz patriarch Fred Anderson, Foday Musa Suso and Mandingo Griot Society, Don Cherry, Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Hassan Hakmoun, and Rudolph’s groups Hu: Vibrational and Moving Pictures.

Individually, their credits span an equally impressive range of jazz, free improv and creative music artists. Rudolph has released more than 30 recordings under his own name, and also has worked with musicians such as Sam Rivers, Muhal Richard Abrams, Shankar, Wadada Leo Smith, Philip Glass, Jon Hassel, and Omar Sosa.

Drake's projects as a bandleader include the groups Bindu and Bindu Reggaeology, and he's played with Peter Brotzmann, William Parker, David Murray, Misha Mengelberg, Bill Laswell, Archie Shepp, Ken Vandermark, Nicole Mitchell, Cooper-Moore, and many others.

Karuna features Rudolph primarily on hand drums and Drake mostly on the drum set, though both will play many different instruments over the course of a show. The name "reflects Drake and Rudolph’s ongoing research and dialogues into the connection of the inner life to musical expression. Karuna speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion."

Tickets for Karuna with Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph are $20 for general admission, $15 for students, and can be purchased now from show presenter Josh Weinstein (of KDHX's "All Soul, No Borders") online at

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