Inuksuit – JLA and Steven Shick

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Inuksuit JLA and Steven Shick Interview with John Luther Adams & Steven Schick June 2009 Conducted and edited by Steven Ross Smith At 9 p.m., on June 21 2009 – the summer solstice – as the sun sank behind the Bourgeau Range of the Bow Valley in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, a group of eighteen percussionists from all over the

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Tell Me Something, JLA

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Tell Me Something, JLA Molly Sheridan This interview appeared at Mind the Gap. © 2008 Molly Sheridan Molly Sheridan: Alaska seems a strange home for a composer, John. If you were looking for unusual landscapes, couldn’t you have gotten a suitably cheap and isolated studio a little closer to the action (not to mention a few more musicians) in, say,

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From The Ends Of The Earth

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From The Ends Of The Earth JLA (in Alaska) in conversation with Daniel Varela (in Argentina) (2005) Daniel Varela: Can you characterize the current state of your work and compositional interests? John Luther Adams: I’ve just completed a concert-length work for string quartet, string orchestra and two pianos dedicated to the memory of Lou Harrison. As I was composing this

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Winter Music

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Winter Music A conversation with Molly Sheridan, NewMusicBox (2004)  Molly Sheridan We often idealize the importance of the urban cultural metropolis to building an artistic career. Your book celebrates the other path taken to the extreme, though as Kyle Gann mentions in his intro, we see you here in Manhattan with some frequency as well. For the composer whose sense

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Electronic Dialogue

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Electronic Dialogue An interview with Sequenza 21 Sequenza21: It’s tough enough to establish a reputation as a modern composer. How does it feel to be often confused with that other John Adams? John Luther Adams: This doesn’t happen as often as it used to. I’ve known John for many years, and I admire his work. But my music sounds very different

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