John Luther Adams 'Inuksuit' led by Doug Perkins | SFJAZZ


John Luther Adams 'Inuksuit'

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 Sō 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."


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Artist Personnel

Doug Perkins director

Group 1
Tessa Brinckman
Nathaniel Edison
Phil Hermans
John Kammerer
Adam Marks
Tim Munro
Lisa Nickels
Doug Perkins
Michael Rost
David Samas
Kate Sheeran
Ken Shirk
Ken Ueno
Oliver Xu
Christopher Wu

Group 2
Mark Allen-Piccolo
Jared Brown
Doug Chin
Joel Davel
Tim DeCillis
Neal Goggins
Elizabeh Hall
Boyce Jefferies
Stuart Langsam
Terry Longshore
Riley Nicholson
Ben Rice
William Winat
Matthew Valenzuela

Group 3
Sohrab Bazargannia
Ariel Campos
Joanna Chen
Scott Farkas
Chris Froh
Brendan Glasson
Mark Haygood
Rohan Krishnamurthy
Rebekah Ko
Greg Mesa
Katrina Shore
Tyler Tsunekawa
Henry Wilson
Allen Biggs
Trent Garner

Artist Website

"one of the most rapturous experiences of my listening life " — New Yorker
"The music of John Luther Adams is simply beautiful. It has a crystalline quality and a peaceful character that evoke the Arctic life. . . . Adams’ music sounds like it has nothing to accomplish. It simply exists, hanging in mid-air, waiting to be listened to " — All Music Guide

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