American composer John Luther Adams has always forged his own path. From his small cabin in Alaska, he has written works of great beauty and depth, ultimately earning him the Pulitzer Prize. Dive deep into Adams’ music with this trilogy of unforgettable large-scale memorial works—none of them previously played in New York—composed in honor of those who influenced him most: his mother, father, and friend and mentor Lou Harrison.
Night One: Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing
Shimmering and clear, this music evokes the Arctic light and expansive landscapes, with movements such as Lost Chorales, Forgotten Triads, and Clouds of Perfect Fourths.
“Quantum physics has recently confirmed what shamans and mystics, poets and musicians have long known: the universe is more like music than like matter.” —John Luther Adams, from the introduction to Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing