John Luther Adams' 'Veils and Vesper' Sound Installation: 4PM-10PM | SFJAZZ

John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams' 'Veils and Vesper' Sound Installation: 4PM-10PM


John Luther Adams'
Veils and Vesper

Sound Installation from 4PM-10PM

Saturday, July 29, 4:00pm
at Grace Cathedral

John Luther Adams
Sound Installation - 4PM-10PM Series: John Luther Adams Festival  

Veils and Vesper

Preview: "John Luther Adams Gets a Festival at SFJAZZ" by San Francisco Classical Voice

Composed in 2005, Veils and Vesper is a four-part electronic soundscape that evolves slowly and organically over its six-hour duration in the hallowed confines of Grace Cathedral. Presented as an audio installation, the piece, and the audience’s experience of it, constantly shifts and changes as listeners move around the space. As they explore the cavernous environment, listeners will have a unique experience as their perception of the music is altered by their proximity to loudspeakers, the various sonically reflective and absorptive surfaces that make up the cathedral, and other bodies moving through the space. During the installation, which is broken into the sections “Falling Veil,” “Crossing Veil,” “Rising Veil, and “Vesper,” listeners are free to enter and leave the performance at their discretion, and to stay as long as they like. Like few other musical experiences presented at Grace, Veils and Vesper will take full advantage of the cathedral’s unique acoustic properties and natural 7-second delay. In the words of acclaimed composer, critic, and educator Kyle Gann’s PostClassic blog, Veils and Vesper is "… calming, beautiful, … an invitation to a crepuscular frame of mind."

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."

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" Calming, beautiful, … an invitation to a crepuscular frame of mind " — PostClassic
"The music of John Luther Adams is simply beautiful. It has a crystalline quality and a peaceful character that evoke the Arctic life. . . . Adams’ music sounds like it has nothing to accomplish. It simply exists, hanging in mid-air, waiting to be listened to " — All Music Guide