CHAMPAIGN — The William Parker Quartet will open the Sudden Sound Concert Series this fall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive.
Formed in 2000, Parker's quartet features Hamid Drake on drums, Rob Brown on alto saxophone, Lewis Barnes on trumpet and Parker on bass. The group has played clubs and festivals throughout North America and Europe.
Reviewing a performance by the quartet, Michael Coyle of Cadence Magazine wrote, "Jazz is still alive, still growing, still dazzling, still discovering new possibilities."
The Sudden Sound series will continue Nov. 7 with the return of world-music percussionist Adam Rudolph, with woodwind/reed player Ralph M. Jones. Their performances span musical forms, instrumentation, and cosmologies of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the African diaspora.
A workshop on Rudolph's approach to conducted improvisation will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 6 in Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Musicians of all backgrounds and instrumentation may participate in the introductory workshop. The setup starts at 7:30 p.m.
Rudolph and Jones have been collaborating since developing their musical bond during the 1974 Ann Arbor (Mich.) Blues and Jazz Festival.
For his large cross-cultural music ensemble GO: Organic Orchestra, Rudolph uses non-linear scores and poly African and Indian rhythm cycles to inspire his improvisations.
The Sudden Sound Concert Series curated by Jason Finkelman, director of global arts performance initiatives at the University of Illinois, has since January 2005 presented leading artists in improvised music and jazz avant-garde.
The Sudden Sound concerts and workshops are sponsored in part by the Edwards Foundation Arts Fund, Analog Outfitters, Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Krannert Art Museum, with support from WEFT 90.1 FM.
For more information on Sudden Sound programming, visit kam.illinois.edu.