When composer John Luther Adams began working on environmental protection upon graduation from Cal Arts, he ended up in Alaska in 1975 where his deep love of its wilderness led to his permanent residence there. The influence of Alaska's vast landscape has been a source of inspiration and emotion in Adams's music ever since, and from his small cabin-studio outside Fairbanks he has composed for everything from television and children's theater to orchestra and electronics. Tonight, we hear selections from his piece For Lou Harrison, Harrison being another major influence in Adams’s composing career. Also, music of Nobukazu Takemura and Kyle Gann.
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