Described by The New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece” and lauded by eminent New Yorker critic Alex Ross as "one of the most rapturous experiences of my listening life," Inuksuit is an innovative composition for up to 99 percussionists placed singly or in small groups throughout a large open-air space. Named for the iconic human-shaped stone monuments erected by indigenous peoples of the Arctic to mark important locations, Inuksuit is intended to create a harmonious marriage of music and geography that allows the audience to create their own experience as they move within the vast performance area. As listeners’ walk, the balance between various musicians located within the space changes, mixed with the natural sounds of the environment – a primary aspect of the concept the composer calls "sonic geography." The recording of the work won the 2015 GRAMMY Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition,” and filmmaker Len Kamerling’s feature-length film Strange and Sacred Noise includes footage of the piece performed on the tundra in Alaska. Percussionist and composer Doug Perkins, a founding member of the heralded chamber percussion group S? Percussion, directs this exclusive event held in a public location to be named soon.
About John Luther Adams:
This week celebrates the music of the Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY-winning composer John Luther Adams, whose innovative works are the products of a uniquely American viewpoint, with emphasis on the natural world, the Alaskan wilderness, and the culture of the arctic Inuit people and other indigenous populations. Adams has composed for a wide range of settings including chamber ensembles, orchestra, film, television, voice, and electronics. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in recognition of his orchestral piece Become Ocean, which was also awarded a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. He received a second GRAMMY for his percussion piece Inuksuit. Adams served as Associated Professor of Composition at Oberlin Conservatory, was named a Rockefeller Fellow, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He was the recipient of the 2010 Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, cited by the selection committee for "melding the physical and musical worlds into a unique artistic vision that transcends stylistic boundaries."
Described by The New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece” and lauded by eminent New Yorker critic Alex Ross as "one of the most rapturous experiences of my listening life," Inuksuit is an innovative composition for up to 99 percussionists placed singly or in small gro...