A Festival Celebrating the Music of John Luther Adams
Saturday, June 15, 2019 from noon – 6 pm @ Shelburne Farms, Coach Barn, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT
New Music On The Point and Scrag Mountain Music present Sounds of the Earth, a summer festival celebrating the natural soundscape-inspired music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and environmental activist John Luther Adams (“One of the most original musical thinkers of the new century.” – The New Yorker). This event, held in and around the rustic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, will include live music, vocal and drumming workshops, children’s activities, raffles, food trucks, and more! Featured musicians include the JACK Quartet, TURNmusic, Rural Noise Ensemble, percussionist Jan Williams, double bassist Robert Black, composer Eve Beglarian, and participants of New Music On The Point. Sounds of the Earth will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from noon – 6 pm (Shelburne Farms, Coach Barn, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT). Admission is “Come as you are. Pay what you can.”
This day-long sonic feast is divided into seven programs that highlight the vast musical oeuvre of composer John Luther Adams. “Strings” from noon – 1 pm, features Robert Black on double bass and a quartet of New Music On The Point participants. “Drums” from 1-2 pm, features percussionist Jan Williams and New Music On The Point percussion participants. The JACK Quartet, hailed by The New York Times as the “nation’s most important quartet”, offers a concert from 2-3 pm. Vermont’s own TURNmusic led by Anne Decker performs music by Adams, Vermont-based Eve Beglarian, and Ellen Lindquist from 3-4 pm, and the Green Mountain State’s Scrag Mountain Music co-Artistic Directors Mary Bonhag and Evan Premo lead a participatory “Lakeside Voices” exploration of vocal meditations by Pauline Oliveros from 4-4:30 pm. The day concludes with Adams’s robust work Sila, with 48 musicians on strings, woodwinds, and vocals. Of this mesmerizing sound experience Adams says, “Sila is the wind and the weather, the forces of nature. But it’s also something more. Sila is intelligence. It’s consciousness. It’s our awareness of the world around us, and the world’s awareness of us.” (NPR) Throughout the day there will be interactive children’s programming led by the Rural Noise Ensemble, a collective of composers, musicians, and makers investigating uniquely rural sound worlds and musical practices.
New Music On The Point Artistic Director Amy Williams adds, “We are thrilled to have John Luther Adams in residence with the festival and to bring his stunningly beautiful music to the wider community. It will be an unforgettable celebration and exploration of music and sound-making in the gorgeous natural landscape.”
Sounds of the Earth will take place June 15, 2019 from noon – 6 pm at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. Admission for the event is “Come as you are. Pay what you can.” At-will donations will be collected at the event. For details visit: www.scragmountainmusic.org