Public Event

KARUNA trio: Hamid Drake, Ralph M. Jones, Adam Rudolph
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
500 S. Goodwin Avenue
Urbana (View Map)


What makes Karuna’s music magic is the special history and decades of shared experiences among Drake, Jones and Rudolph, who bring their unique and evolved rhythm and sonic languages to the fore, reaching to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue.

Deep roots were established between Hamid and Adam in 1969, when they met in a Chicago drum shop, started studying music together, and began performing regularly with the great Baba Fred Anderson by 1972. The 1974 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival would bring Adam and Ralph together in performance in groups led by Detroit artist / mentors Kenne Cox and Charles Moore.

When Drake, Jones and Rudolph started performing together in the Moving Pictures ensemble in 1997, it was immediately clear a special chemistry was at play. 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.

Host: Center for Advanced Study

Cosponsors: Division of Musicology, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, School of Music, Spurlock Museum

This event is part of Welcoming Week 2018