July 20–August 10, 2014
  • John Luther Adams's Sila: The Breath of the World (World Premiere)
Friday, July 25, 2014 6:00 PM
Saturday, July 26, 2014 6:00 PM
Hearst Plaza

Composer: John Luther Adams
Musical Director: Doug Perkins
Choreography: Mark DeChiazza
Costume consultant: Sylvianne Shurman
Featuring members of Asphalt Orchestra, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Contemporaneous, The Crossing, eighth blackbird, Face the Music, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, JACK Quartet, and TILT Brass

Following the Alaska-based, 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s acclaimed Inuksuit, this site-determined piece flows from Adams’ ongoing engagement with sound in outdoor space. Inspired by the Inuit concept of sila, the spirit that animates the world, 80 leading contemporary musicians are guided by the pace of their own breaths, blending composition and sonic environment into an expansive and immersive listening experience.

A note from John Luther Adams

Pre-concert discussion with John Luther Adams and John Schaefer on July 26 at 4:00 in the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (111 Amsterdam Ave., between 64th and 65th Streets)

Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the Mostly Mozart Festival and Lincoln Center Out of Doors