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Oct 12

SMTD@UMMA: Strange and Sacred Noise: an evening with John Luther Adams

My music has long been grounded in the physical, cultural, and spiritual landscapes of the North and in an ideal of sonic geography – place as music, and music as place.” ~John Luther Adams

Acclaimed in The New Yorker as “One of the most original musical thinkers of the century,”  2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams is a composer, an author, an artist, and an activist.  He joins musicologist and U-M Professor of Music Mark Clague, the University of Michigan Flute Ensemble, Contemporary Directions Ensemble, and Chamber Choir, in an evening of performance and conversation about art and environment.

Presented in conjunction with the UMMA exhibition of Jem Cohen: Life Drawing which shares an affinity for place and an interest in the connections between art and nature. Cohen's work We Have an Anchor, which has been described as "a cinematic love letter to Nova Scotia's Cape Breton," will be on view during the performance.

Mr. Adams' appearance is made possible through the William Bolcom Residency in Composition.

The SMTD@UMMA performance series is generously supported by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund and the Greg Hodes and Heidi Hertel Hodes—Partners in the Arts Endowment Fund.

Lead support for Jem Cohen at UMMA is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment. Additional generous support is provided by the Susan and Richard Gutow Fund and the Robert and Janet Miller Fund.