John Luther Adams' 'Ilimaq' & 'Red Arc/Blue Veil' led by Doug Perkins | SFJAZZ
Ilimaq' & 'Red Arc/Blue Veil
Heralded as a “percussion virtuoso” by The New York Times, Doug Perkins and acclaimed pianist Adam Marks perform solo and duo compositions on this final night of the John Luther Adams Festival, kicking off with Nunataks, a solo piano piece inspired by the rugged mountains of the Arctic. In Adams’ words: “Nunataks are mountains that rise up out of iceﬁelds and glaciers. As the ice melts and the sea rises, these solitary peaks stand as stark reminders of human isolation and vulnerability.” Perkins and Marks perform in duo on Adams’ 2001 work Red Arc / Blue Veil – an evocative piece scored for vibraphone and piano in which the sound of both instruments is processed live by electronics. Fanfare describes the piece as “an arc of shimmering harmonies that rises and falls one time over its registral ambitus.” The second half of the program focuses on Adams’ expansive solo percussion piece Ilimaq, which loosely translates from the native Alaskan Inupiaq language as “spirit journeys.” Recorded for release in 2015 by Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, Ilimaq is a tour de force of percussive virtuosity, veering from pounding intensity to pastoral soundscape, heightened by live processing of the instruments through multiple delays and loops.
About John Luther Adams:
This week celebrates the music of the Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY-winning composer John Luther Adams, whose innovative works are the products of a uniquely American viewpoint, with emphasis on the natural world, the Alaskan wilderness, and the culture of the arctic Inuit people and other indigenous populations. Adams has composed for a wide range of settings including chamber ensembles, orchestra, film, television, voice, and electronics. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in recognition of his orchestral piece Become Ocean, which was also awarded a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. He received a second GRAMMY for his percussion piece Inuksuit. Adams served as Associated Professor of Composition at Oberlin Conservatory, was named a Rockefeller Fellow, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He was the recipient of the 2010 Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, cited by the selection committee for "melding the physical and musical worlds into a unique artistic vision that transcends stylistic boundaries."
Doug Perkins percussion
Adam Marks piano