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Other Minds Festival:
OM 11, Concert 3: 01 “Strange and Sacred Noise” by John Luther Adams

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 38 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: Other Minds

Composer John Luther Adams presents the West Coast premiere of five movements from his “Strange and Sacred Noise”, an evening-length suite for percussion quartet in which Adams devotes each movement to various combinations of like instruments: "...dust unto dust..." is for snare drums; "clusters on a quadrilateral grid" invites the players to strike hair-raising simultaneous chords on multiple vibraphones; and "solitary and time-breaking waves" is scored for a battery of tom-toms. Living in the boreal forest near Fairbanks, Alaska, Adams has created a unique musical world grounded in the elemental landscapes and indigenous cultures of the North, exploring natural phenomena from the songs of birds to the complex nature of chaos, fractal geometry, and elemental noise. His book “Winter Music: Composing the North” was released by Wesleyan University Press in 2004.

Musical Selections:  Dust Into Dust [1st movement of “Strange and Sacred Noise”] (1997) -- Clusters on a Quadrilateral Grid 2 [6th movement of “Strange and Sacred Noise”] (1997) -- Solitary and Time-breaking Waves [2nd movement of “Strange and Sacred Noise”] (1997) -- Cluster on a Quadrilateral Grid 3 [7th movement of “Strange and Sacred Noise”] (1997) -- Velocities Crossing in Phase Space [3rd movement of “Strange and Sacred Noise”] (1997)
Performers:  Sō Percussion:
Douglas Perkins
Adam Sliwinski
Jason Treuting
Lawson White
Genres:  Avant-Garde; New Music
Subject:  Percussion ensembles; Spatial music
People:  Adams, John Luther, 1953-; Perkins, Douglas ; Sliwinski, Adam; Treuting, Jason; White, Lawson
Recording Date:  2/26/2005
 
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