Redfern Arts Center
Friday, May 02, 2014 · 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The KSC Percussion Ensemble staged the New Hampshire premier of Inuksuit on Appian Way back in 2011, and now it will be performed again 3 years later around Brickyard Pond. Since 2011, this work has entered the percussion repertoire and received many performances worldwide. Scored for 9 to 99 percussion players who are meant to be widely dispersed in an outdoor area, Inuksuit has been described by the New York Times as "the ultimate environmental piece," while the New Yorker's Alex Ross hailed it as "one of the most rapturous experiences of my listening life." The title refers to the Stonehenge-like markers used by the Inuit and other native peoples to orient themselves in Arctic spaces. Adams structured the rhythmic layers in the score to mimic these stone shapes, but there's an open-endedness to how the music is performed that reflects the sense of freedom behind it.
Music Lecturer Murray Mast and Resident Artist Christopher Swist were performers on Cantaloupe Music’s premier recording of Inuksuit. This recording has made NPR Classical’s 10 Favorite Albums of 2013, the New York Times’ Favorite Classical Recordings of 2013, the Boston Globe’s Best Albums of 2013, The New Yorker’s Notable Classical Recordings of 2013, and the New Music Box’s 2013 Staff Picks. Of note, John Luther Adams has just earned a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral work "Become Ocean."
Outside the Redfern Arts Center around Brickyard Pond. Free and open to the public. Bring a chair or blanket.