The son of celebrated composer John Adams, Samuel Adams has quickly come into his own as a composer and conductor, writing for Spektral Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet, New World Symphony and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Adams joins violinist Jennifer Koh in the studio to discuss his electro-acoustic solo violin piece for jenny and the importance of building failure into the architecture of music.
The music was recorded last May at National Sawdust as part of the New York Philharmonic's NY Phil Biennial.
Shared Madness with violinist Jennifer Koh – Musical America's 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year – explores the shared creative space between composer and performer, and what virtuosity for the storied instrument means in the 21st century. The series unfolds over 30 short episodes which combine conversation with world-premiere performance audio.