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JOHN LUTHER ADAMS’ PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING
Ludovic Morlot Conducts the Seattle Symphony in Become Ocean at Carnegie Hall May 6
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAY 5, 2014
The Seattle Symphony and Cantaloupe Music announce the definitive recording of John Luther Adams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, Become Ocean, slated for release in September, 2014 on the Cantaloupe Music label. This atmospheric and revolutionary work, which was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and received its world premiere in Seattle last June, will receive its New York premiere at Carnegie Hall on May 6 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Spring For Music festival. The recording was made in November, 2013, at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.
Composer John Luther Adams has made nature the subject of his compositions for nearly four decades. Become Ocean was inspired by the oceans of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and immerses the audience in an organic and constantly evolving sound world that reflects the natural environment with an orchestral technique that is deeply original and unique to Adams. Adams explains: “My music has led me beyond landscape painting with tones into the larger territory of ‘sonic geography’ – a region that lies somewhere between place and culture, between human imagination and the world around us. My music is going inexorably from being about place to becoming place.” The score includes a message from the composer, which reads, “Life on this earth emerged from the sea. As the polar ice melts and sea level rises, we humans face the prospect that once again we may quite literally become ocean.” Regarding the world premiere of Adams’ work, The New Yorker wrote, “It may be the loveliest apocalypse in musical history.” For a brief video clip about Become Ocean, click here.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 7:30pm
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Become Ocean
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About John Luther Adams
John Luther Adams’s music is heard regularly all over the world. The Chicago Symphony, the Radio Netherlands Philharmonic, and the Melbourne Symphony have performed his Dark Waves for large orchestra and electronic sounds. Inuksuit for up to ninety-nine percussionists has been performed in New York City’s Morningside Park and at the Park Avenue Armory, as well as many other outdoor venues throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
Adams is the author of Winter Music (2004), a collection of essays, journal entries and reflections on his life and work in Alaska. The subject of his second book is The Place Where You Go to Listen (2009) his installation at the Museum of the North that translates geophysical data streams into an ever-changing environment of sound and light. The Farthest Place (2012), a book-length critical study of John Luther Adams’s music, includes essays by Kyle Gann, Steven Schick, Glenn Kotche and many other prominent musicians and scholars.
Adams has taught at Harvard University, the Oberlin Conservatory, Bennington College, and the University of Alaska. He has been composer in residence with the Anchorage Symphony, Anchorage Opera, Fairbanks Symphony, Arctic Chamber Orchestra, and the Alaska Public Radio Network, and he has served as president of the American Music Center.
Born in 1953, Adams grew up in the South and in the suburbs of New York City. He studied composition with James Tenney and Leonard Stein at the California Institute of the Arts, where he was in the first graduating class (in 1973). In the mid-1970s he became active in the campaign for the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and subsequently served as executive director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.
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About the Seattle Symphony
The Seattle Symphony’s New York tour is sponsored by Delta Air Lines.
Generous support for the commissioning of John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean has been provided by Brian and Lynn Grant.
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