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In the summer of 1975, a 22-year-old CalArts graduate moved to Alaska. Forty years later, with a rapidly warming Alaska and the crisis of climate change, he was faced with a difficult decision to leave a beloved state. This is the true story of composer John Luther Adams.
Adams joins us for a livestream discussion about these formative decades, and what it’s like to live alone in the frozen woods, composing music by day and spending evenings with a raucous crew of poets, philosophers, and fishermen. He shares stories from his memoir Silences So Deep: Music, Solitude, Alaska, detailing the influences that have allowed him to emerge as one of the most celebrated and recognizable composers of our time. He explores the impact of solitude, enriched by friendships with conductor Gordon Wright and poet John Haines, and describes the travails of environmental activism. Join Adams for a singularly rich account of a creative life that examines the challenges of life in the wilderness, demands of making art in an age of climate crisis, and the pleasures of intellectual fellowship.
John Luther Adams is an American composer and author. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music and a Grammy Award for his orchestral composition Become Ocean, which was premiered by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2013. He is also the author of Winter Music: Composing the North and The Place Where You Go to Listen: In Search of an Ecology of Music.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Seattle Symphony