John Luther Adams' 'The Wind in High Places,' 'Untouched,' 'Canticles of The Sky,' 'Dream of The Canyon Wren' | SFJAZZ
JACK Quartet: Music of John Luther Adams
Formed by an intrepid group of Eastman School of Music students in 2007, the JACK Quartet has established a well-earned reputation as one of the world’s premier chamber groups devoted to contemporary works by living composers, inspiring the Boston Globe to call them “superheroes of the new music world.” They have performed on the prestigious stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and received the Trailblazer Award from New Music USA, the CMS/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center. They have worked extensively with modern masters including Steve Reich, John Zorn, Roger Reynolds, Georg Friedrich Haas, and of course John Luther Adams, with whom they recorded Adams’ 2015 Cold Blue Music release The Wind in High Places.
On this first night of the John Luther Adams Festival, JACK Quartet performs music from the album including the pastoral 2011 title piece as well as the 2015 quartets Canticles of the Sky and untouched, and Dream of the Canyon Wren (2013), a work composed specifically for the JACK Quartet.
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."
Christopher Otto violin
Austin Wulliman violin
John Pickford Richards viola
Jay Campbell cello