University of Connecticut University of UC Title Fallback Connecticut

School of Fine ArtsMusic Department


The UCONN Percussion Ensemble presents


By John Luther Adams

Saturday, September 10, 2016


The University of Connecticut needs you!

The UConn Percussion Ensemble will be performing John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit on September 10th to close out the annual day of Brass and Percussion. Inuksuit, composed for nine to ninety-nine
percussionists, is intended to be performed outdoors and was called the “ultimate environmental piece” by the New York Times. It is a great introduction to modern avant-garde compositions for players of all levels. We are asking for the help of all local percussionists to bring this amazing work to life. Come perform this unique piece and meet performers from the area. All are welcome!

For more information please contact Nathaniel Gworek at

September 10, 2016
8AM Load In
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

September 10, 2016
Mirror Lake, UConn Storrs Campus

This event made possible with the School of the Arts Dean’s Fund.

John Luther Adams

© Donald Lee

© Donald Lee

John Luther Adams is a composer whose life and work are deeply rooted in the natural world.

Adams was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his symphonic work Become Ocean, and a 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition”. Inuksuit, his outdoor work for up to 99 percussionists, is regularly performed all over the world.

Columbia University has honored Adams with the William Schuman Award “to recognize the lifetime achievement of an American composer whose works have been widely performed and generally acknowledged to be of lasting significance.”

A recipient of the Heinz Award for his contributions to raising environmental awareness, JLA has also been honored with the Nemmers Prize from Northwestern University “for melding the physical and musical worlds into a unique artistic vision that transcends stylistic boundaries.”

Born in 1953, JLA grew up in the South and in the suburbs of New York City. He studied composition with James Tenney at the California Institute of the Arts, where he was in the first graduating class (in 1973). In the mid-1970s he became active in the campaign for the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and subsequently served as executive director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.

Adams has taught at Harvard University, the Oberlin Conservatory, Bennington College, and the University of Alaska. He has also served as composer in residence with the Anchorage Symphony, Anchorage Opera, Fairbanks Symphony, Arctic Chamber Orchestra, and the Alaska Public Radio Network.

The music of John Luther Adams is recorded on Cantaloupe, Cold Blue, New World, Mode, and New Albion, and his books are published by Wesleyan University Press.