Adam Rudolph

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


12 September 1955, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Rudolph began playing percussion instruments at an early age. Inspired and encouraged by blues and improvised music artist, he studied at Oberlin College where he designed his own Bachelor of Music degree course in Ethnomusicology. He also studied at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, in 1977, and a decade later took a master’s degree course in Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts. Eagerly exploring the potential of cross-cultural improvisation, Rudolph has travelled extensively, studying music, and especially percussion, in many countries. Concentrating upon hand drums, he plays bendir, congas, djembe, dumbek, kalimba, tabla, talking drum and udu. Additionally, he plays the didgeridoo and performs multiphonic singing.

Rudolph does not stop at the music of the countries he has explored, choosing to delve into the cultural and philosophical...

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