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John Luther Adams

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John Luther Adams

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For the past twenty-five years composer John Luther Adams has made his home in the boreal forest near Fairbanks, Alaska. From there he has created a unique musical world grounded in the elemental landscapes and indigenous cultures of the North. His music includes works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, percussion and electronic media, and is recorded on the Cold Blue, New World and New Albion labels.

Adams has worked with many prominent performers and venues, including Bang On A Can, Almeida Opera, the California E.A.R. Unit, FLUX Quartet, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Percussion Group Cincinnati, the Sundance Institute and Arena Stage. He has received awards and fellowships from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, Lila Wallace Arts Partners, the Rockefeller Foundation, Opera America, and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts.

Adams has served as composer in residence with the Anchorage Symphony, Fairbanks Symphony, Arctic Chamber Orchestra, Anchorage Opera, and the Alaska Public Radio Network. He has taught at the University of Alaska, Bennington College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and has served as president of the American Music Center.

Articles about John Luther Adams and his music appear in The New Grove Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Music and Musicians, American Music in the 20th Century (G. Schirmer), Music in the United States (Prentice Hall) and The Avant Music Guide (Japan).

clouds of forgetting, clouds of unkmowing clouds of forgetting, clouds of unkmowing
the light that fills the world the light that fills the world
in the white silence in the white silence

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