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John Luther Adams
Silences So Deep: Music, Solitude, Alaska
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020

In the summer of 1975, the composer John Luther Adams, then a twenty-two-year-old graduate of CalArts, boarded a flight to Alaska. So began a journey into the mountains, forests, and tundra of the far north - and across distinctive mental and aural terrain - that would last for the next forty years. Silences So Deep is a memoir of a composer’s life in the Alaskan wilderness and a meditation on making art in a landscape acutely threatened by climate change.

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John Luther Adams
Winter Music: Composing the North
Wesleyan University Press, 2004

Winter Music is a collection of essays, journals and other writings by John Luther Adams. The book includes a CD with three previously unrecorded works.

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John Luther Adams
The Place Where You Go to Listen (In Search of An Ecology of Music)
Wesleyan University Press, 2009

Did Alaska create the music of John Luther Adams, or did the music create his Alaska? For the past thirty years, the vastness of Alaska has swept through the distant reaches of the composer's imagination and every corner of his compositions. In this new book Adams proposes an ideal of musical ecology, the philosophical foundation on which his largest, most complex musical work is based. This installation, also called The Place Where You Go to Listen, is a sound and light environment that gives voice to the cycles of sunlight and darkness, the phases of the moon, the seismic rhythms of the earth, and the dance of the aurora borealis. Adams describes this work as "a place for hearing the unheard music of the world around us." The book includes two seminal essays, the composer's journal telling the story of the day-to-day emergence of The Place, as well as musical notations, graphs and illustrations of geophysical phenomena.

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John Luther Adams
American Academy of Arts and Letters: A Reading of Tributes
2023

The American Academy of Arts and Letters presented a reading of tributes on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 6 p.m. EST.

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John Luther Adams
The Story He Will Never Write
2021

Harper’s, January 11, 2021.

Remembering Barry Lopez.

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John Luther Adams
Silences So Deep: Music, Solitude, Alaska
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020

In the summer of 1975, the composer John Luther Adams, then a twenty-two-year-old graduate of CalArts, boarded a flight to Alaska. So began a journey into the mountains, forests, and tundra of the far north - and across distinctive mental and aural terrain - that would last for the next forty years. Silences So Deep is a memoir of a composer’s life in the Alaskan wilderness and a meditation on making art in a landscape acutely threatened by climate change.

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John Luther Adams
‘I want my art to matter. I want it to be of use’
2018

The Pulitzer-winning composer explains why he chose music over activism, and how his concern over the future only raises the stakes.
The Guardian, October 30, 2018.

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John Luther Adams
Places and Moments
2018

In these nine brief prose poems by John Luther Adams, each read by a different employee of New York Public Radio and scored to his music, we see a different side of Adams’s creativity, but one, like his music, still potent and full of myriad variations.
New Sounds, September 24, 2018.

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John Luther Adams
In the Name of the Earth
2018

JLA discusses the inspiration behind his August 11, 2018, Mostly Mozart world premiere.

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John Luther Adams
The End of Winter
2018

“For me, as for so many others, Alaska had been the geography of hope. Now it’s become one of the most threatened parts of this increasingly threatened Earth.”
The New Yorker, March 27, 2018.

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John Luther Adams
Becoming Desert
2018

After almost 40 years, I left Alaska. In barrenness, I found new music.
Slate, March 1, 2018.

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John Luther Adams
Music in the Anthropocene
2015

Slate, February 24, 2015.

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John Luther Adams
Leaving Alaska
2015

The New Yorker, June 17, 2015.

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John Luther Adams
The Place Where You Go to Listen (In Search of An Ecology of Music)
Wesleyan University Press, 2009

Did Alaska create the music of John Luther Adams, or did the music create his Alaska? For the past thirty years, the vastness of Alaska has swept through the distant reaches of the composer's imagination and every corner of his compositions. In this new book Adams proposes an ideal of musical ecology, the philosophical foundation on which his largest, most complex musical work is based. This installation, also called The Place Where You Go to Listen, is a sound and light environment that gives voice to the cycles of sunlight and darkness, the phases of the moon, the seismic rhythms of the earth, and the dance of the aurora borealis. Adams describes this work as "a place for hearing the unheard music of the world around us." The book includes two seminal essays, the composer's journal telling the story of the day-to-day emergence of The Place, as well as musical notations, graphs and illustrations of geophysical phenomena.

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John Luther Adams
In Search of An Ecology of Music
2006

“…music can provide a sounding model for the renewal of human consciousness and culture.”

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John Luther Adams
Winter Music: Composing the North
Wesleyan University Press, 2004

Winter Music is a collection of essays, journals and other writings by John Luther Adams. The book includes a CD with three previously unrecorded works.

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John Luther Adams
Global Warming and Art
2003

“What is the value of art in a world on the verge of melting?”

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John Luther Adams
Winter Music
1999

A composer’s journal (1998-1999).

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John Luther Adams
The Place Where You Go to Listen
1998

“They say that she heard things.”

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John Luther Adams
Credo

(In memory of Gordon Wright.)

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John Luther Adams
Strange and Sacred Noise

 “The strange power of noise can open doorways to the ecstatic.”

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John Luther Adams
Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing

 “The universe is more like music than matter.”

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John Luther Adams inspires us not only to listen more attentively, but to be more aware of the world in which we live. This … book … should not only be on the shelves of everyone interested in the music of our time but also anyone interested in being alive. -
Frank J. Oteri
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