Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra Featuring Hassan Hakmoun, Dave Liebman, Graham Haynes, and Brooklyn Raga Massive / Gift of Gnawa honoring Don Cherry / Brandee Younger and Joel Ross / Angel Bat Dawid (DJ Set)

Improvisations Series

Music Composed and Spontaneously Conducted by Musical Director Adam Rudolph.

Saturday, September 10, 2022
Doors and DJ set 6 PM | Show 7 PM

SummerStage in Central Park – Free Event | General Admission

Presented in association with Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage.

With a 37-year curatorial presence in NYC, World Music Institute is mainly known for presenting traditional and contemporary music from around the world. However, in the early years, the programming included a series rooted in the NYC jazz and improvised music scene, ‘Improvisations’. The series brought together musicians from various backgrounds and cultures, many who had never performed together before, and gave them an opportunity to improvise and collaborate. This exciting, multi-artist launch event demonstrates and celebrates the lasting value and relevance of WMI’s artistic vision of Many Cultures – One World.

A core member of many of these original dates was drummer, percussionist, and often acting music director Adam Rudolph, who has been hailed as “a pioneer in world music” by The New York Times and “a master percussionist” by Musician Magazine. Rudolph performed on over a dozen of these ‘Improvisations’ shows, many of which led to life-long musical relationships including with Yusef Lateef, Hassan Hakmoun, and Don Cherry, among others. Adam’s later projects, ‘Moving Pictures’ and ‘Go: Organic Orchestra’ (featured at this event) were partly inspired by the unique Improvisation collaborations that he experienced at these WMI shows. Tonight Adam Rudolph reboots the ‘Improvisations’ series with an impressive lineup of musicians from many different backgrounds and musical influences.


Abderahim Hakmoun – sintir, oud, vocals
Alexis Marcelo – keyboards
Angel Bat Dawid – DJ set
Arun Ramamurthy – carnatic violin
Avram Fefer – tenor saxophone
Brandee Younger – harp
Damon Banks – bass
Dave Liebman – saxophone
Graham Haynes – cornet
Gwen Laster – violin
Harris Eisenstadt – percussion
Hassan Hakmoun – sintir, oud, vocals
Ivan Barenboim – clarinet
Jake Charkey – cello
Jay Gandhi – bansuri
Joel Ross – vibes
Juliane Careny Chung – violin
Kaoru Watanabe – flute
Kenny Wessel – electric guitar
Leco Reis – contrabass

Marco Cappelli – acoustic guitar
Mia Theodoratus – harp
Michel Gentile – flute
Neel Murgai – sitar
Peter Zummo – trombone
Richard Carr – violin
Rogerio Boccaccio – percussion
Samarth Nagarkar – Hindustani vocal
Sameer Gupta – tabla
Sana Nagano – violin
Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon
Sarah Bernstein – violin
Stephanie Griffin – viola
Stephen Haynes – cornet
Sylvain Leroux – flute
Trina Basu – violin
Tripp Dudley – percussion
Ze Luis – flute

The IMPROVISATIONS series features musicians from various backgrounds and cultures collaborating and creating new music together.

About SummerStage

Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is one of New York’s most beloved, broadly accessible, free outdoor performing arts festivals. SummerStage presents free concerts in parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances in genres that represent the cultural fabric of New York City ranging from jazz, hip hop, Latin, global, indie and contemporary dance, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception nearly 40 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. In 2020, Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere was launched in response to the global pandemic, presenting free digital performances, spanning all genres, available to viewers around the world. Capital One is the title sponsor of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage. Supporting Sponsors include iStar, National Grid, Subaru, Bloomberg Philanthropies, BABE, Sixpoint, Fiddlehead, Wolffer Cider, Two Robbers Seltzer, and Lewis Brisbois. Generous private support for SummerStage is provided by The Thompson Family Foundation, The Jaharis Family Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Con Edison’s Arts Al Fresco Series, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, FACE Foundation, The Shubert Organization, J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, Garcia Family Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Omomuki Foundation. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported as part of Con Edison’s Arts Al Fresco series.