Composer and Environmentalist John Luther Adams Awarded Pulitzer Prize for Music

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Alaskan-based composer and environmentalist John Luther Adams has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music – for his 2013 composition ‘Beneath Ocean’.

The sonic work, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, received its world premiere on June 30th, 2013 – and forms part of the composer’s 40 year documentation of the natural world through ‘sonic geography’.

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JOHN LUTHER ADAMS | BENEATH OCEAN | LUDOVIC MORLOT | SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | 2013

“My hope is that the music creates a strange, beautiful, overwhelming – sometimes even frightening – landscape, and invites you to get lost in it,” the 60 year old Adams has said.

The work will receive its New York premiere at Carnegie Hall on May 6th – as part of the ‘Spring for Music’

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