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Meet the Composer

John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The composer got kicked out of multiple high schools and moved to the edge of society in Alaska, yet somehow managed to win a 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Here's how he did it.

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Meet the Composer

John Luther Adams: III. Weather, Wind and Being Brave

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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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Meet the Composer

John Luther Adams: II. "From the moment I arrived, I knew I'd found home."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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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Meet the Composer

John Luther Adams: I. Frank Zappa as Gateway Drug

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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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Meet the Composer

John Luther Adams: Playlist

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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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Features

Announcing the Launch of Q2 Music's Meet The Composer

Monday, June 23, 2014

From WQXR's Q2 Music, Meet the Composer is a new podcast that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most innovative, compelling and breathtakingly beautiful music today. The show is hosted by the critically-acclaimed violist Nadia Sirota.

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Meet the Composer

Preview: John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Preview the first episode of Meet the Composer, featuring guest John Luther Adams. The podcast will be available on June 24 following the 7 pm kick-off event in The Greene Space. 

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

A Slice of the New York in the Fifties

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This week All Ears takes you back to the 1950s and a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, by composer Quincy Porter, who won the honor for his Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra.

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New York Now

Watch Live: 'Meet the Composer' Launch Party

Friday, May 09, 2014

Celebrate the launch of Q2 Music’s groundbreaking new podcast, Meet the Composer, with a music party and live video webcast in The Greene Space at WQXR! Nadia Sirota hosts and featured guests include John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw and many more.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: John Luther Adams's Become Ocean Live at Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Listen to the New York premiere of composer John Luther Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean as performed by the Seattle Symphony at Carnegie Hall May 6. We'll also stream the whole thing today at 3 pm.

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Studio 360

Pulitzers: Making Up for a Sexist Past?

Friday, April 18, 2014

The winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize were announced this week, acknowledging the best in journalism as well as the arts. Donna Tartt won the prize for fiction for her third novel, The Goldfinch. The 784-page bestseller, which took Tartt eleven years to finish, is a Dickensian tale ...

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New Sounds

Musical Landscapes

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Journey through musical landscapes from the likes of Karen Tanaka, Jim Fox, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams on this New Sounds show. Listen to an Arctic landscape from a live recording made by our sister station, Q2, at Le Poisson Rouge, featuring ACME, performing a work by John Luther Adams, “In a Treeless Place, Only Snow.”  Then, continue on in the icy sound-world with a work from Karen Tanaka, “Frozen Horizon.”  Also, listen to a work from the California-based composer and Cold Blue Music records founder, Jim Fox.  And more.

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WQXR Blog

John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Monday, April 14, 2014

John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music. Commissioned by Seattle Symphony, it carries a message about the impact of climate change.

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Hammered!

Music For A Polar Vortex Evening

Monday, January 13, 2014

Despite the bizarrely high likelihood this week of NYC's "Polar Vortex" turning unseasonably spring-like, we're nevertheless hunkering down with wintery landscape pieces for piano and percussion, anchored by the The Adams From The North, Alaskan composer John Luther Adams.

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Mixtapes

Music to Leave this World with John Luther Adams

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The music of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams seethes with the serenity and savage violence of his Alaskan home. Listen to his Mixtape.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

John Luther Adams's Glorious Outdoor Hymn Gets Studio Treatment

Monday, October 21, 2013

The debut release of John Luther Adams's epic Inuksuit is a strong reading of a piece that otherwise precludes the very idea of a “benchmark” or reference recording. Stream the album in full all this week.

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New Sounds

With Brooklyn Rider & Martin Hayes

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The new music string quartet Brooklyn Rider certainly does get around.  They’ve been part of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, recorded Debussy as well as all five string quartets by Philip Glass,write and perform their own originals, and even collaborated with the kemenchech (Persian fiddle) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor.  They’re currently touring with multiple Grammy Award-winning banjoist Béla Fleck.   Brooklyn Rider joins us in the studio for this New Sounds program, and they’ve brought an extra player – the Celtic fiddler Martin Hayes (of County Clare.)

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New Sounds

For the Birds

Saturday, September 14, 2013

For this New Sounds program, we’ll listen to music inspired by birdsong, whether it’s by composers who are birders, or naturalists.  Some of these sounds are electronically processed, and some are recreated acoustically.  We’ll listen to Alaska-based John Luther Adams’ recording “Songbirdsongs,” where an ocarina imitates the birdsong, along with music from Tasmanian Ron Nagorcka played on digeridoo and with samples from the cockatiel family.   Plus music from producer Chris Hughes, his “Slow Motion Blackbird,” and music from Maria Schneider as well.

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New Sounds

Electroacoustic Blends

Saturday, September 07, 2013

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear three recordings that feature a blend of acoustic instruments and electronic processing.  From a score to the new film by Bill Morrison, “The Miners’ Hymns,” listen to organ, brass ensemble, and electronics, by the master of mixing electronic and acoustic sounds - Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.

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Q2 Music

John Luther Adams Channels Nature's Savage Beauty

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

April 14, 2014, composer John Luther Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his most recent orchestral composition "Become Ocean." Listen to the composer introduce his music and join us today at 4 pm for an hour of celebration.

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