John Luther

John Luther Adams
Fairbanks, AK
2006 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.
The work of composer John Luther Adams is deeply rooted in his experience of the Alaskan landscape. He writes a wide variety of music, orchestral and electronic, for ensembles large and small. Most recently, he has explored site-specific works, including The Place Where You Go to Listen, a sound and light installation derived from seismic and electromagnetic data, shown at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Adams is now working on installations and compositions based on data from weather stations around the world. He has received numerous international commissions and fellowships, including a residency at the Scripps Institute at the University of California, San Diego. Adams completed graduate work in music composition at Georgia State University.
Portrait photo courtesy Dennis Keeley.
  • Artwork by John Luther Adams
    Winter Music: Composing the North, 2004; photo courtesy Wesleyan University Press
Artwork by John Luther Adams