Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing

Moving Beyond Place: A Conversation

John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams Discusses his Trilogy

Program Notes

Schuman Award Concerts: John Luther Adams

Adams has always regarded himself as outside the mainstream—a restless but patient seeker who believes...

Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing

John Luther Adams

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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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



Repertoire

  • Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing (1991-95) New York premiere