First Friday John Luther Adam’S Inuksuit

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First Friday John Luther Adam’S Inuksuit says
The Japanese Friendship Garden will offer live music, performances and much more!
A beer and wine bar will be open for your enjoyment.

Free parking and a Free admission! (Donations Welcome!!)

Noted American composer John Luther Adam’s critically-acclaimed composition Inuksuit, for large percussion ensemble, will performed at the Ro Ho En Japanese Friendship Garden as part of April 1st First Friday festivities.

The 75-minute epic work will be played from 4:30- 5:45pm in a collaborative community effort led by Crossing 32nd Street Ensemble in conjunction with the Arizona Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society (AZPAS). The AZPAS ensemble will feature accomplished college and high school percussionists from throughout the state. Admission to the Garden and the performance are free.
The work inuksuit takes its title from the large human-made stone landmarks of the Arctic and roughly translates as “to act in the capacity of a human.”

Throughout Northern regions, most notably Alaska, Canada and Greenland these stone guardians serve many functions on a featureless landscape. Often monoliths, stacks, pyramids, windows, or human likenesses, these totems serve a variety of functions in northern cultures, especially amongst the Inuit. In the musical composition, they are used as inspiration sonic structure and organization.
The New Yorker has called John Luther Adams as “fiercely original” and “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century.” The New York Times characterized Inuksuit as “the ultimate environmental piece.” Adams states that music such as Inuksuit “can contribute to the awakening of our ecological understanding. By deepening our awareness of our connections to Earth, music can provide a sounding model for the renewal of human consciousness and culture.”
Designed to be played outside, by 9-99 percussionists playing a unique array of instruments, Adams calls the composition site-determined as opposed to site specific. Each performance is quite different given the choices of ensemble, instrumentation and topography of the space. He states that the audience is encouraged to move about freely in the garden and discover their own “listening points. It is his intent that this experience will “ expand our awareness of the never-ending music of the world in which we live.” According to musical director Douglas Nottingham, “each performance is exclusive to the space in which it is played. It is a exceptional piece of sonic art where the geophony (nature sounds) biophony (animal sounds), and anthrophony (in this case environmental and musical human-made sounds) manifest in the musical work”.
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By: Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

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