Karuna: Hamid Drake & Adam Rudolph

On Friday, April 21st, we in Madison will be fortunate enough to take a musical journey together at Arts & Literature Laboratory. Those in attendance will exist in a space of time shared as one, with Karuna: Hamid Drake & Adam Rudolph. With their new Karuna duet Drake and Rudolph bring their unique and evolved rhythm languages to the fore, reaching to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue.

The name Karuna reflects their ongoing research into the connection of the inner life to musical expression and speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion. To help get a sense of the show, I spent a little time with Hamid talking about what those in attendance could expect. We talked about the sounds, the spirit and the sharing that will take place, with percussion and human interaction being the vehicle that drives us to a place of one. Hamid explains the process as he and Adam, who have known one another since the age of 14, create a unique experience that is sure to open the mind’s doors. Both Hamid and Adam have worked with some incredible forces in the scene, from shared time with Don Cherry and Pharoah Sanders to Bill Laswell, Yusef Lateef and Omar Sosa. These two innovators find the pulse of music from all lands, wide and far and translate those into a language that shines down into and onto the listeners. I am thankful to call both these creators friends and am pleased to bring you some of Hamid’s word straight from him. karuna-hamid-drake-and-adam-rudolph-photo-credit-hiroshi-takaoka

Karuna, the new duet of percussionists Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph, performs at Arts + Literature Laboratory on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 9 pm. This event is sponsored by 89.9FM WORT.

Feel Me, Sea Me

The second portion of the proGram took us out to sea to see what can be seen and felt….We spent a little time during this window of sharing to get cauGht up with the happ’nins of my brother from another musical mother, DeeJay Alex J and sandwich that conversation with a couple of his brand new, club shaking/hip slammin’ joints, a mid-west exclusive from the East coast scene to all of you(s).

Fux With The Tux- Tuxedo
2nd Time Around- Tuxedo
Scooter’s Groove- Tuxedo
On the Spot- Hot 8 Brass Band

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Kang’s Lament- Big Mean Sound Machine
Van Chatter- Big Mean Sound Machine

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Blockchainz- Filastine
Halcyon- Filastine
Let’s Break Up Again- Zillanova
The Glasgow Coma Scale- Zillanova

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Time Travel (4th Dimension)- Soul Science Lab
Supernatural- Soul Science Lab Ft. Raii & Whitney

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Present Tense- Soulwax
The Singer has Become a DeeJay- Soulwax

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Love Is What I Need, Your Love (DJ Alex J’s Futuristic Jazzfunk Mix)- Alex 2morrow Ft. Jason Singh
***Excerpt of the pre-recorded conversation with DeeJay Alex J.***
A Sax Solo (Spanish Jazz Mix)- D Alex J Ft. Tropical Deep
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C U Dance- Cilantro Boombox
Misunderstood- Chico Mann & Captain Planet Ft. Brit Manor
Aguacero- Chico Mann & Captain Planet

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Palm Trees Up Look

The first portion of the proGram took the palm by the frond.

Highway- The Gibson Brothers
Fire on the Mountain- The Bucking Mules
Monterey County- Mipso

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Albatross- The Hooten Hollers
Garlic Dream- The Hooten Hollers
Shine on Me- Dan Auerbach
Darling Shade- The New Pornographers
Mad Shelley’s Letter Box- Robyn Hitchcock

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Under No One Else- Prime Ministers
Dance With Me- The Forty Nineteens
A Stranger on the Shore- The Forty Nineteens
Why Can’t We Live Together- Paul Shaffer & the World’s Most Dangerous Band Ft. Darius Rucker
I Want More (Soul Sacrifice Outro)- Tedeschi Trucks band (Live), Fox Oakland)

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Statues in the Gallery- Kishi Bashi
Made of the Sun- Heliocentrics
Don’t Let the Demagogue Get You Down- Strange Majik Ft. Cherrye J. Davis
Hunt Me Down- The Black Angels
Medicine- The Black Angels

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Katie Blue- Jeb Loy Nichols
Don’t Stop Me- Jeb Loy Nichols
Night Train- the Greg Hatza Organization
Move Over- The Andy Tolman Cartel Ft. Jo Harman

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Fantastic Man- The Atomic Bomb Band
Iceberg- Five Alarm Funk
Mud- The Pimps of Joytime Ft. Ivan Neville
Year of the Funky- Bei Bei & Shawn Lee

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DeeJay Alex J…Wassssup?

Had a chance to catch up with my musical brother from another mother and find out what’s been going on, DeeJay Alex J. Alex and I go way back now and it is our love of diverse sounds and how they blend that has kept us movin & groovin’ toGether through this scene. Alex and I talked about a couple new joints he’s been working on, one included below. We also spoke on the ways and times of now versus then with listening and sharing of sounds, the way he and I and DoodleBUG all got connected up in a circle of remixes as well as the time and process that goes into making the connections and producing the goods. (off air we spoke NCAA championship and sneakers in the closet.)

Here’s the skinny:

Alex 2morrow (aka DJ Alex J) joins musical forces with Australian singer Jason Singh for their standout single on King Street Sounds titled ‘Love Is What I Need (Your Love).’ The featured mix is DJ Alex J’s ‘Future JazzFunk Mix’ that combines Jason’s smooth and silky vocals with jazzy house, tech sounds and live instrumentation.

Check it: Out now on traxsource:
http://www.traxsource.com/track/4135286/love-is-what-i-need-your-love-dj-alex-js-future-jazzfunk-mix

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