Music in the Anthropocene
August 16, 2016
The New Yorker called John Luther Adams "one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century." Adams is a composer, whose music is inspired by the Alaska landscape. His orchestral work Become Ocean was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music. In celebration of 100 years of the Pulitzer Prizes, Pulitzer is leading a Centennial Campfires Initiative as a joint venture with the Federation of State Humanities Council to tell the stories on the prize winners, finalists and their work, and by partnering with individuals and organizations to host events across the country. The Alaska Humanities Forum presents a local Campfire Event as part of this initiative by bringing John Luther Adams to Alaska.
John Luther Adams will be presenting a talk, "Music in the Anthropocene", at the Anchorage Museum 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, with a reception at 8 p.m. A growing number of geologists believe we have entered a new period — the Anthropocene — in which the dominant geologic force is humanity itself. John Luther Adams discusses his work and what the Anthropocene might mean for a composer and other creative artists working today.
On Sept. 2 and 3, people can experience a special installation of Adams' work Veils and Vesper in the museum's atrium. The complete work is 6-hours long, beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at midnight. The work is made up of distinct but related electronic soundscapes that are meant to be heard by moving through space — either as individual pieces or by taking in the immersive whole. Held in partnership with the Alaska Humanities Forum. Included with admission, which is free Friday evening as part of ConocoPhillips sponsorship of First Friday.