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John Luther Adams: Turn into Desert overview – a singular voice turnsto the sands | Music

For practically 40 years John Luther Adams's music was impressed by Alaska's landscapes and seascapes. He first visited in 1975 and settled there three years later. Adams not solely performed and composed, but additionally labored in environmental safety, and the encompassing pictures of nature - and his fears for the longer term - discovered its approach into his music. With one in every of these scores, the majestic Turn into Ocean Orchestra, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2014, Adams gained worldwide recognition and established itself as a singular voice in American music.

Turn into Ocean was the top of the Alaskan section of Adams' music. Since 2014, he has divided his time between New York and the Sonoran Desert and it's the landscapes of his new residence in Mexico which are the place to begin for Turn into Desert, finishing a trilogy that Adams started in 2010 with Turn into River for chamber orchestra. Like Turn into Ocean, it was composed for Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony, who made their first look final 12 months. It's, he says, "each a celebration of the deserts we obtain and a lament over the deserts we create."

The place its predecessor evokes the unstoppable oceanic vitality and produces a slowly accumulating bow of sound that's generally cheerful, generally apocalyptic, Turn into Desert is extra static and seamless, not so elemental. It's woven of brilliant textures that appear lit and remodeled from the within, however typically really feel like they're about to evaporate regardless of the massive highlights they create. It is a very completely different orchestra journey than Adams' earlier masterpiece, however one which pays off on this nice, superbly carried out efficiency as effectively.

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