“The birds were my teachers,” says composer John Luther Adams, whose music is a natural extension of his long-time environmental activism. Birds have inspired composers from Mozart to Messiaen; in Adams’ case, it was hearing the song of a wood thrush for the first time that set him on his path as a composer inspired by the beauty and majesty of the natural world. In Adams’ words, Ten Thousand Birds is not a fixed composition, but “an atlas of musical possibilities for performers to use in creating their own unique realisations of the music.” This ambitious, rarely-performed work – a true musical event – will be led by Tim Munro, ANAM Alumnus and former flautist in contemporary musical supergroup Eighth Blackbird.
JL ADAMS Ten Thousand Birds
Tim Munro flute/director
This performance will include a Q&A about the music
Duration: approx. 2 hours (including interval)
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Tim Munro’s ANAM residency is generously supported by Sieglind D’Arcy
Photo credit: Joe Mazza /Brave Lux, Chicago IL
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