In September of 2002, Rudy Adrian performed several live concerts throughout the continental United States (most notably among them, his appearance in Philadelphia at The Gatherings Concert Series on 21 September 2002 followed by a live in-studio radio concert on STAR'S END). This ambitious tour took Rudy Adrian "around the world" both in terms of literally circumnavigating the globe and in personal life experiences. It is often said that, "travel broadens the mind" and after this trip of a lifetime, Rudy Adrian is showing the resulting signs of personal growth and a unique insight into the world - and into his own heart and mind. Living in the near isolation of New Zealand, Rudy Adrian's early music had that "newly hatched blankness" all young musicians enjoy. By getting out into the world, meeting others of his kind and essentially challenging himself to grow, Rudy Adrian's music is now enjoying new dimensions of character and maturity. Concerts In The USA includes definitive studio versions of pieces performed live - arranged in a rationale consistent with album length listening. More important, this album brings together the total of Rudy Adrian's music. Still sustaining synth pads, overtone singing and native flute solos contrast the activity of interlocked sequencer triplets cycling beneath thick soaring keyboard lead lines. The ambient, reflective realizations flow inward while the focused, melodic, rhythmic pieces lead us on a journey outward through the cosmos. The album engages the listener throughout its entire course. Passing from one phase into another is a beautiful lesson in transition. The result is enchanting. Concerts In The USA is Rudy Adrian's pleasing and sensitive combination of the loam of earthly crust and the vastness of the heavenly firmament.
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END 3 July 2003