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"It may be the loveliest apocalypse in musical history."
- Alex Ross, The New Yorker

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra recently gave the first performances of Become Ocean. In Spring 2014 Ludovic Morlot and the SSO will perform the work again in Portland, Oregon and at the Spring for Music Festival in Carnegie Hall. A CD recording is also being planned.


The New York Times called Inuksuit "the ultimate environmental piece". This fall Cantaloupe Music will release the first recording of the work, performed in the Vermont voods by an all-star ensemble of percussionists led by Doug Perkins. The deluxe package will include a stereo CD and surround-sound DVD as well as Len Kamerling's feature-length film of Strange and Sacred Noise performed on the tundra in Alaska.



Canticles of the Holy Wind, a concert-length work for four choirs, recently received its first performances by the Latvian youth choir Kamer. On September 15, The Crossing Choir will give the U.S. premiere in Philadelphia.

John Luther Adams is honored with one of the 17th Annual Heinz Awards recognizing "individuals who are working toward real and inspirational solutions for environmental problems."



Currently JLA is composing Sila: The Breath of the World. This new work for woodwinds, brass, percussion and singers will receive its first performances in Summer 2014 at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. Also in the works is a new book — Silences So Deep: A Memoir of Music and Alaska.

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