For Immediate Release
Contact: Wendy Malloy,
SAM Public Relations
John Luther Adams’ Sound Installation Veils and Vesper on Display at Seattle Art Museum, June 14 to 21
Unique soundscape installation compliments composer’s world premiere of Become Ocean, at Seattle Symphony June 20 to 23
Though born in the South, composer John Luther Adams currently lives and works near Fairbanks, Alaska and says that his work, both in atmosphere and scale, has been strongly influenced by the vast landscape of the North and is deeply rooted in the natural world with which he now immerses himself. In Veils and Vesper, Adams channels the vastness of his surroundings, utilizing the entire length of the staircase to create a sonic environment for visitors of the museum.
For Veils and Vesper, Adams takes a novel approach to sound, allowing visitors to experience it as if for the first time by inviting them to inhabit sound, both physically and mentally, instead of simply listening to it.
Adams’ sense and appreciation of space and place come into play in this dynamic installation, providing visitors with a varied and highly textured sound experience. In moving up and down the staircase, visitors move through, around, and between the differing sound "zones" of the installation, experiencing them both separately and in overlap. With each step, the soundscape is experienced differently as new layers come to the fore and fade to the background.
With a cycle that develops over a period of six hours and a soundscape so uniquely affected by the listener’s shifting location and position, Veils and Vesper guarantees that no two experiences will ever be quite the same.
Complimenting Veils and Vesper is Adams’ new symphonic work, Become Ocean, which will receive its world premiere at the Seattle Symphony on June 20, 22 & 23. Become Ocean -- commissioned by the Seattle Symphony --was inspired by the waters of the Pacific Northwest and incorporates a choreographed lighting design. Adams describes the work as "a meditation on the vast, deep and mysterious tides of existence." Please go to www.seattlesymphony.org or contact the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 to purchase concert tickets and for more information.