Commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, WNYC and the Subtropics Festival.
“All noise contains pure tone. And the complex sonorities of percussion instruments conceal choirs of inner voices. In The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies my search is to find and reveal those voices.” - John Luther Adams
“…a massive new canvas… a 69-minute, eight-movement series of sonic environments…” - Richard S. Ginell, Los Angeles Times
“Percussion here portrays the ‘terrifying event’...” - John Luther Adams
“Strange and Sacred Noise is a masterpiece, not just for percussion music, but for contemporary classical / experimental / avant-garde / whatever-you-want-to-call-it music.” - Christian Hertzog, Sequenza 21
His music perfectly echoes the landscape he loves: impersonal, relentless, larger than human scale, yet gorgeous, a quiet chaos of colors, suffused with light. It’s not a climate everyone could live in. But for those who want to bathe their ears in an aural aurora borealis while staying warm inside, it’s a spiritual odyssey well worth taking. - Kyle Gann