Episode #1

John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

John Luther Adams John Luther Adams (Evan Hurd / Cantaloupe Music)

John Luther Adams made all of the wrong career decisions. He got kicked out of multiple high schools, went to the "wrong" college, never finished his master's degree, and ultimately moved as close as he could to the edge of society, to a cabin, in Alaska.

Somehow, though, all of these unconventional moves crystallized his creative voice into something singular, instantly recognizable, and emotionally mature. Adams's music is fast and slow at the same time, unraveling in fractal patterns that mimic great vast landscapes as well as tiny variations in the snow.

Guests:

John Luther Adams, Jim Altieri, JoAnn Falletta, Alex Ross and Steven Schick

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota

Produced by:

Thea Chaloner and Alexander Overington

John Luther Adams: Movement One

If you know John Luther Adams's music now, you might not guess that he started as a member of a rock cover band in New Jersey called "Sloth"—in fact, there a few things you might not guess. In the first movement of this inaugural episode of Meet the Composer, trace the start of the composer's unconventional path.

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John Luther Adams: Movement Two

Adams relocated to Alaska in the 1970's. While he moved north, his musical vision centered, developing the signature, open sound by which he has come to be known. In the second movement of episode one, hear how space and silence inspired him. 

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John Luther Adams: Movement Three

In the third movement of episode three, hear about John Luther Adams's installations and dream-based composing methods, and hear the JACK Quartet play part of an unreleased string quartet—Adams's first—called The Wind in High Places. 

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John Luther Adams: Playlist

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show and want to learn or hear more? Click ahead for a complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in episode one, along with buy links to the albums.

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Carol from Hawaii

Always inspirational, makes me restless, encourages me to be brave and share.

Jun. 23 2014 11:32 PM

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