John Luther Adams

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I was quite fortunate to meet John Luther Adams in Washington, D.C. this summer before the presentation of his work, Sila: The Breath of the World.

We had a good conversation about several things, one of which was my Piedmont Boll Weevils hat (the team is now called the Kannapolis Intimidators), whereupon he removed it from my head and placed it on his.

His orchestral work Become Ocean was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and the recording went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.  I am looking forward to hearing his music played along side Philip Glass and Bryce Dessner’s at next year’s Big Ears Festival.

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