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Tag: John Luther Adams

Monday, April 19th

Why not begin the week, in this battered world, with something beautiful?

John Luther Adams (1953-), Sila: The Breath of the World (2014); Oberlin Conservatory of Music (featuring students from the Brass and Percussion Departments; Timothy Weiss, cond.), live, Oberlin, Ohio, 9/11/20

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

A world of dew,
and within every dewdrop
a world of struggle

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Monday, January 25th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

John Luther Adams (1953-), The Farthest Place (2001); Robin Lorentz (violin), Amy Knoles (vibraphone, marimba), Bryan Pezzone (piano), Barry Newton (bass), 2002

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Monday, November 9th

Feel like losing yourself?

John Luther Adams (1953-), Become Ocean (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 2014); Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Leonard Slatkin, cond.), live (performance begins at 6:45), Detroit, 2019

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Thursday, October 15th

This I could listen to all day.

John Luther Adams (1953-), songbirdsongs (1974-80), excerpt (Mvt. V, Mourning Dove); Sandbox Percussion (marimba) with Jessica Sindell, Martha Aarons, Zack Patten, John Luther Adams (ocarinas); live, Montana (Fishtail), 2018

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Monday, June 29th

Judging from the sounds I hear outside my door in the morning, birds don’t seem to have gotten the memo.

John Luther Adams (1953-), songbirdsongs (1974-80); Callithumpian Consort (Stephen Drury, dir.), 2012

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Monadnock Building)

Monday, May 4th

Feeling lost?

John Luther Adams (1953-), The Farthest Place (2001); Robin Lorentz (violin), Amy Knoles (vibraphone, marimba), Bryan Pezzone (piano), Barry Newton (bass), 2002

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Wednesday, February 19th

sounds of New York

Herbie Nichols Trio (HN, 1919-1963, piano; Al McKibbon, bass; Art Blakey, drums), “The Third World” (H. Nichols), 1955

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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musical thoughts

Thank you all for listening. Your open ears, open minds, and open hearts are essential to resisting the gathering darkness of our times.

—composer John Luther Adams, 2/18/20 email

Monday, October 28th

Why not begin the week with something that shimmers?

John Luther Adams (1953-), The Light Within (2007); Faculty & Fellows, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Mass., 2016

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, August 2nd

mesmerizing

John Luther Adams (1953-), Everything That Rises (2017); JACK Quartet, live, Ojai, Calif., 6/8/18

 

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random sights

other day, Monhegan Island, Maine

Monday, July 9th

mesmerizing

John Luther Adams (1953-), The Farthest Place (2001), Andrew Ferdig (marimba), Kevin Keith (vibraphone), Danica Smith (violin), Andy Sproule (bass), James Wehe (piano), live, Denver, 2017

 

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