Eminent composer discusses music, culture, and the environment.
Composer John Luther Adams makes his home in the boreal forest near Fairbanks, Alaska, where he has created a unique musical world grounded in the elemental landscapes and indigenous cultures of the North. Winter Music, a collection of Adams's essays, journal entries, and other writings is poetic and inspirational and delves into the environmental and cultural awareness that creates his reflective, almost spiritual, approach to music. The accompanying audio CD includes two previously unrecorded works by Adams.
Adams's music explores natural phenomena from the songs of birds, to the complex nature of chaos, fractal geometry, and elemental noise. Similarly, his writings explore "that region between place and culture, between environment and imagination," reflecting a philosophy of deep awareness that makes him one of the most original composers working today.
The Place Where You Go to Listen
Resonance of Place
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
A Composition Lesson
Forest Without Leaves
Love the Questions
Land of Constant Light
Winter Music: A Composer's Journal
About John Cage
Dream Paths Crossing
Off the Grid, Out of the Box
Farthest North Mountains
Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing
Roots and Influences
The Same Language
In the Ears of the Listener
Strange and Sacred Noise
The Light That Fills the World
Practicing What She Preaches
In the White Silence
In the Sweet Bye and Bye
"…The Lines Disappear Completely…"
Among Red Mountains
The Heart of the Matter
The Immeasurable Space of Tones
The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies
Global Warming and Art
"...a well-written and inspiring book that not only describes the installation and its design in a detailed and stimulating way, but also includes Adams' mature thinking on his practice and role in the larger artistic, geographical and ecological context of creation."~David Paquette, Andra McCartney, MUSICultures
"It would be my hope that John Luther Adams's book might inspire other musicians and composers to explore ways that music can celebrate and serve the greater community of life on Earth."~Paul Winter, musician
"John Adam's reflections on his music—where it comes from conceptually and geographically, and on the history and nature of his commitment to musical composition—show an unusual awareness of the contemporary world. His thinking is as instructive as it is informative, and his seasoned voice rings here with the sort of integrity and devotion to vision most young artists set their sights on. He sees art as invigorating, resonant, relevant, and—a welcome surprise—civic."~Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams