Tune-In Music Festival: INUKSUIT

Photo from Tune-In Music Festival: INUKSUIT on February 20, 2011

February 20, 2011

“[John Luther Adams is] one of the most original musical thinkers of the 21st century.” –The New Yorker

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John Luther Adams: Inuksuit (2009)
New York premiere
Performed by: members of eighth blackbird, Newspeak, red fish blue fish, and guest artists
(85 minutes, no intermission)
Tickets: $30

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The New York—and indoor—premiere of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit, features more than 70 percussionists moving throughout the Armory’s expansive drill hall during the performance. The work is deeply influenced by the composer’s belief that “music can contribute to the awakening of our ecological understanding. By deepening our awareness of our connections to the earth, music can provide a sounding model for the renewal of human consciousness and culture.”

The title refers to a type of stone landmark used by native peoples of the Arctic region; listeners discover their individual listening points as they, too, move freely during the performance in this site-specific piece that pipes in the chaotic sounds of the Manhattan streets to evoke a vast urban jungle.

Pre-Concert Artist Talk: John Luther Adams, Doug Perkins and Lisa Kaplan (eighth blackbird)
Moderated by Kristy Edmunds, Armory Consulting Artistic Director
Sunday, February 20 at 2:30 pm
Talk is FREE for concert ticket-holders. All others $10 (cash only). Pre-registration required (a registration link will be sent to ticket buyers).

Join composer John Luther Adams and the principal collaborators for the New York premiere of Inuksuit, Doug Perkins and Lisa Kaplan of eighth blackbird, as they talk about the music and the ideas that have informed this groundbreaking piece.

This program is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Reed Foundation, and the Amphion Foundation, Inc.

Photo: Don Lee



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