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Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing: John Luther Adams Portrait

JLA, Wall Street Journal

JLA, Wall Street Journal

I met JLA for the first time this summer, and I wasn't disappointed. He is thoroughly a roaming soul, and writes music that could only be composed from a small, isolated cabin in Alaska. Just one piece on this first night of three, facilitated by Miller Theatre in their famous Composer Portraits series.

Night One: Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing

Shimmering and clear, this music evokes the Arctic light and expansive landscapes, with movements such as Lost Chorales, Forgotten Triads, and Clouds of Perfect Fourths.

“Quantum physics has recently confirmed what shamans and mystics, poets and musicians have long known: the universe is more like music than like matter.” —John Luther Adams, from the introduction to Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing

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