John Luther Adams
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Monday, April 14, 2014
By Brian Wise
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.