Go: Organic Orchestra

Adam Rudolph
composer & improvisation conductor

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"Using new creative processes and instrumental combinations. I hope to create a music that has not been heard before while expressing heartfelt thoughts and feelings."

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"I caught a performance Go: Organic Orchestra down in SoHo last spring and was swept away by what they were doing.  It was fascinating and ahead of its time, in the best possible way.  I loved every minute of it."

Marc Meyer - jazzwax.com

I was fortunate to have attended two nights with Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra at Roulette a few months back  and was blown away by Adam's distinctive blend of  jazz and world music as well as his conducting ."

Bruce Lee Gallanter - Downtown Music Gallery

Of the 10+ times I attended at Roulette, every time was absolutely magical and distinct, yet sublimely unified and delicately cohesive
Charles Blass, Sun Radio, Switzerland

“This mixture of planning and spontaneity is brought to life with such a high level of musicality that the “organic” part of the group’s name is always honored.”

- Steve Holtje, The Big Takeover

“Extraordinary.... the audience was absolutely absorbed.”

- Howard Mandel, Jazz beyond Jazz

"The music, performed by a large ensemble of wind and percussion players, rose like vines from hand drummer Adam Rudolph's written instructions and hand signals. And it truly is organic -- a blend of gentle sustained dissonance, heaven-crashing rhythm jams, and individual improvisations. No joke: a startling and involving development in roots music, with more to follow."

Greg Burk - LA Weekly




Go: Organic Orchestra is unique in the realm of approaches to improvisational conducting. Utilizing non-linear notation in an original music score, composer and artistic director Adam Rudolph conducts between 20 and 50 musicians with his prototypical conducting system. Over the past twelve years he has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians in Go: Organic Orchestra concepts in both North America and Europe, most recently in Naples, Oslo and Istanbul. He has on-going ensembles in both Los Angeles and New York. The group was chosen by the LA Weekly as "Outstanding World Music Group" in both 2003 and 2005.

About the music Rudolph writes:

"The philosophical basis holds (seeming) opposites: the score and conducting serve to generate as much aesthetic and functional focus as possible in the music while at the same providing context and inspiration for the greatest expressive freedom possible of the performers. Sound and motion elements include tone rows, synthetic scales, melodies, linguistic shapes, intervallic patterns, textural gestures, modes, ragas, maqams, and plainchant.

The score serves to provide material for both the improvisations and the orchestrations. Motion and forms and are generated through the application of the composer’s rhythm concept “Cyclic Verticalism” whereby polymeters are combined with additive rhythm cycles. In concert, I conduct the musicians in a spontaneous way by using a variety of hand signals to cue and orchestrate the score and direct the improvisations. I seek to generate unusual relationships of sound against sound, form against form, and rhythm against rhythm in a non-linear, ever shifting kaleidoscope of music images: weaving an “audio syncretic music fabric”.

The music is “organic” in the sense that the compositions and conducting serve as inspiration and context for the musicians to express themselves in the moment by using their instruments as an amplifier for their inner voice. Through listening and imagination the conductor and performers inspire one another to create emotional colorations of sound. Rather than the score being a set of instructions of what, how and when to play, the non-linear semiotic (symbols) of the written music are an invitation to discover the potentialities of what can happen when transformed into syntax as expressed through the hands and breath of a group of virtuostic, imaginative, and soulful improvisers."

the music

Unique in the realm of approaches to improvisational conducting, Organic Orchestra utilizes a composed non-linear score as material for creating the musical moment. Composer and Artistic Director Adam Rudolph has constructed a music score using innovative and experimental means with which to conduct the players through music/letter grids, language themes, Indian Ragas and song forms to create the moods, movement  and sonic gestures. The musicians also learn Rudolph's rhythm concept:"Cyclic Verticalism", whereby poly rhythms (used in African music) are combined with rhythms cycles (used in Indian music). Utilizing these elements in an spontaneous way, elements will weave what Rudolph calls  an "audio syncretic music fabric" that serves as a platform for improvisation  and self expression. 

guest artists

With Go: Organic Orchestra Rudolph has conducted guest artists from around the world including:

Masters of African-Amercian Improvisational Music -
Yusef Lateef - woodwinds
Big Black – kongo drummer
Oliver Lake – alto sax
Dwight Tribble – vocal

PoetrySaul Williams
PoetryRobert Wisdom
Dance/Butoh - Oguri

Mongolia - Shinetsog Dorjnyam – Mongolian khoomei throat singer
Ghana - Alfred Ladzekpo – master Ewe drummer
Brazil - Dende de Bahia – percussionist
Nepal - Prabhu Dhakal - vocal, Suresh Bajracharya - sarod, Rabin Shresta - tabla
India - Debashish Chaudhury- tabla

Turkey - Omar Faruk Tekbilek - ney & zurna, Haci Tekbilek - ney,
Ibul Ork - laptop orchestra
Italy - Consort Di Flauti Dolci Dei Conservatory of Cosenza, Ensemble Dissonanzen


The conducting/performance concept can be taught and peformed by musicians from any musical background and level of experience. Adam and select members of the ensemble are available for both long term residencies at schools and universities and collaborations with classical, world and improvising ensembles of any size.

Recently conducted groups include:

Aarhus, Denmark – Royal Academy of Music Aarhus (2012)
Palermo, Sicily – Conservatorio Di Musicavincenzo Bellini Palermo (2011)
Naples, Italy – Ensemble Dissonanzen & Is Jazz ensemble (2010)
Istanbul, Turkey – ISCMS (2010)
Dartmouth University, New Hampshire (2010)
Kristiansand, Norway – Kristiansand Conservatory (2009)
Danish Jazz Summer Institute (2009)
Sibelius Academy of Tampere – Finland (2009)
Copenhagen, Denmark – New Jungle Orchestra (2007)

booking and workshop information:


310 663 6444



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