SFCA [isaw+subtropics] in collaboration with ArtCenter/South Florida

Abbey Rader: Spirit Percussion

THU JUL 13, 2017 | 9PM

ArtCenter/South Florida
924 Lincoln Road, 201
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Abbey Radar is an improvising drummer, with roots equally formed within the history of jazz, himself a prominent voice in the idiom since the 1960s, and spirituality, a practitioner of martial arts since 1963 and Buddhism since 1975.

Hearing John Coltrane perform live left him irrevocably touched, a witness to the spiritual power of improvisation. He distances himself from labels such as free jazz, energy music, avant-garde, et al., because for him improvisation is as close to the spirit as possible, a means to purify oneself and bring people to a higher level, thus a practice distanced from such contemporary cultural neologism.

For this event, Rader will bring a drum set and several metal and wooden percussion instruments, and as he says, he will “play things as they come to me”, because “everything is in flux.”

And after a half set of solo playing, Rader has announced a surprise appearance by two special guests, saxophonist John McMinn and doublebassist Kyle Motl.


Subtropics XXIV is possible with support from City of Miami Beach’s Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council; with additional support from Miami-Dade County, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and by the Blank Family Foundation. SFCA [] would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Sennheiser, leaders in superior sound technology. Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) supports Subtropics XXIV through the Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE).