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Artist: Adam Rudolph
Adam Rudolph / Ralph Jones - Yeyi CD
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Regular Price: $13.95
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Year: 2012
Format: CD


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“Yeyi” refers to the yodeling of the Mbuti pygmies, one of the oldest indigenous people of Africa. Mbuti inspiration on the music is twofold, according to Rudolph: one is in the communal harmony with nature towards which the artists strive, and the second is in the legacy of a culture that has rippled outwards to Kongo and from there over continents and generations, through to the African-American musical influences that Rudolph and Jones draw upon.

Over the course of the ten explorations that make up Yeyi, Rudolph and Jones draw from a pool of shared knowledge – musical studies, each other’s music languages, their own prior interactions – to communicate with a penetrating and intuitive intensity.

“Over our long history of performance and research together we have created an extensive body of compositions and rhythmic and intervallic approaches that we can call upon,” Rudolph says. “And those elements are present in a pure, deconstructed form so that we can construct and orchestrate them any way we imagine to - in the moment - based upon listening to each other.”

Those common elements include a variety of musical traditions, including African and Indonesian music, and raga, and compositions both traditional and original, as when the two revisit “Oshogbo”, the Rudolph’s composition that they performed on the first Moving Pictures Cd in 1992 and which opened Dream Garden, the most recent release by Moving Pictures. Disparate influences can also cross-streams, as when Jones conjures the traditional spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" on the Ney, a Middle Eastern flute.

Adam Rudolph (hand drums, kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba, fram drum, thumb piano, cup gongs, kongo slit drum, glockenspiel, percussion, sintir, melodica, berber reed horn, overtone horn, multiphonic singing); Ralph Jones (alto and c flutes, bass clarinet, tenor and soprano sax, ney, hichiriki, hulusi, umtshingo, bamboo flutes, bamboo sticks, shakers)
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