Karuna: Hamid Drake & Adam Rudolph


Sunday, April 23, percussionist Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake come together for their first tour as Karuna.

For tickets to the Underground Concert Series presented by Adventure Music at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, seewww.adventuremusic.org. For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820.

Karuna: Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet
Adam Rudolph (handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion)
Hamid Drake (drum kit, vocal, frame drums, udu drums, tabla, percussion)

The Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph duet traces it beginning to a chance encounter between two 14-year-old aspiring percussionists in a downtown Chicago drum shop. Their shared love for rhythms and music of the world and music’s’ relationship to matters of the spirit led to years of shared creative journeys.

In the mid-1970s they performed and recorded with AACM co-founder Fred Anderson, and in 1977 they joined Foday Musa Suso in founding Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. By 1978 they were touring Europe with the Don Cherry and since that time have performed together in projects with Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Hassan Hakmoun, Hu: Vibrational and Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures. Their shared Chicago roots and longtime global music research and performing experience have allowed them to forge a uniquely shared musical understanding and creative outlook.

After over 40 years of music making together, this will be their first tour as a duet. Featuring their unique and evolved rhythm languages, in concert they aspire to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue. As Drake reflected upon their influence upon each other, “I have been developing a hand drum concept on the drum set while Adam says he is developing a drum set concept on his hand drums. We understand one another”

The name Karuna 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.

Art in Bloom-March 24 – 26, 2017

Art in Bloom
March 24, 2017 – March 26, 2017
Art in Bloom is a bi-annual, one-weekend-only exhibition that celebrates the combined beauty of art and floral design. Come see the first signs of spring at the Museum while touring the galleries and enjoying extravagant floral sculptures. Our region’s most talented floral designers will create thought provoking and elegantly designed arrangements inspired by works from the Museum’s collection. These floral sculptures emphasize, challenge, and build upon elements and concepts within the original work of art, creating an extraordinary dialogue between the two pieces. Visitors will be invited to select the People’s Choice Award Winner by casting a vote for their favorite floral sculpture. This three-day exhibition is a must-see!Friday, March 24, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Art in Bloom floral design on view and People’s Choice Award voting opens
Third Floor Galleries | Free with admission
6:00 pm Opening Reception
Auditorium | Free for members, general public welcome with price of admission | Cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres
7:00 pm Juried Winner Announcement
7:30 pm Creativity Uncorked: An adult studio and after-hours gallery experience.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Galleries open and People’s Choice Award Voting Continues
Third Floor Galleries | Free with admission
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Art in Bloom Tour with Ron Platt and Alice Waterous AIFD, CF, CFD, PFCI
Meet in the lobby | Free for members, general public welcome with price of admission
12:00 -1:00 pm Little Member Morning
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1:00 pm Drop-in Studio
Garden Room & Betz Studio | Free with admission
Sunday, March 26, 2017
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Galleries open and People’s Choice Award Voting Continues
Voting closes at 1:30 pm | Third Floor Galleries | Free with admission
2:00 pm People’s Choice Award Announced before Sunday Classical Concert
2:00 pm Sunday Classical Concert Series: Music in Bloom
Featuring Jennifer Walvoord (violin), Andrew Le (piano), Leslie VanBecker (viola), and Alicia ESundayClassical_mark-300x300ppinga (cello)
Lobby | Free with admission
Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

I Dream-A new rhythm and blues opera

January 15, 2018  |  7:30 PM  |  Fountain Street Church


A new rhythm and blues opera

The inspiring story of the famous preacher and iconic civil rights leader from Atlanta is brought to life in this deeply moving premiere performance that beautifully fuses opera with bluesy, jazzy, and gospel-tinged rhythms. In a stirring account of his most intimate moments shared with wife Coretta Scott King and close friend Ralph Abernathy, we discover that the themes of equality and justice from the Civil Rights Movement are echoed in our political sentiments today. Despite the well-chronicled tragedy that ended the preacher’s life 50 years ago, the audience is left beaming with the hope of his dream in their hearts.

Opera Grand Rapids



Van the Man! The R&B/Soul Tribute to Van Morrison

Sunday Classical Concert Series-Almava Trio

The Almava Trio

All the way from New York City, the Almava Trio arrives at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) Sunday, March 19th. The three Juilliard School graduates have each dedicated themselves to lives of leading, performing, and teaching the musical arts. Through the violin, cello, and piano, the group aims to create a soulful and engaging experience for guests. Tomorrow afternoon, they will bring alive the works of Beethoven and Brahms.


Sunday, March 19th

2 – 3 pm

Grand Rapids Art Museum · 101 Monroe Center · Grand Rapids, MI 49503

WMJS Presents Monday Night Jazz in the Park

Jazz in the Park

The West Michigan Jazz Society Presents their 17th season of free Monday night  Jazz concerts in the park!

2017 Concert Schedule

June 12 – Northview High School Jazz Band
June 19 – The Mark Kahny Group
June 26 – Noel Webley & His Jazz Friend
July 3 – The Lakeshore Big Band
July 10 – Imer Santiago
July 17- Kevin Jones
July 24 – Jim Cooper & Organic Vibes
July 31 – Metro Jazz Voices
August 7 – Mary Rademacher Reed
August 14 – Musician of the Year, Robin Connell

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Ah-Nab-Awen Park
220 Front Ave. NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504
6:30-8:30 pm

More details at West Michigan Jazz Society

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Website: http://www.wmichjazz.org/index.html