David Johnston

"Inuksuit," in Morningside Park, June 21, 2011. Photo by Shawn Brackbill, courtesy of Miller Theater and Make Music New York

On Tuesday night, Make Music New York and the Miller Theater presented the outdoor New York premiere of John Luther Adams’ “Inuksuit.”  Adams’ piece is a 70 minute journey for conch shells, drums, triangles, bullroarers, drums, cymbals and rolled up pieces of paper – a roiling, flowing mass of sound in Morningside Park.  No abrupt changes or shifts in this one; just a gradual and inevitable outpouring from the barely discernible conches at the opening to shifting drums and then xylophones, chimes and triangles as the piece faded away in the summer night.

The Miller Theatre and MMNY put together a great event site with a paperless program, podcast, photos and videos.  (Be sure to check the You Tube video for interviews with Aaron Friedman, founder of Make Music New York, and Linda Walton of Jazz Mobile.)

Get a taste of “Inuksuit” below, from its premiere at the Park Avenue Armory in February of this year.  But remember, this is just a taste.  Here’s a work written for the audience to walk around and experience live.


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