Turn into Ocean: Saturday, Dec. 2 | 9pm


by Maggie Molloy

Image your self strolling alongside a snowy path by way of the Alaskan forest. You’re surrounded by aspen, spruce, and paper birch bushes. Snowy owls and different critters are camouflaged within the panorama. Mountains within the distance, solar beaming overhead. Your boots leaving footprints within the powdery snow.

Your vacation spot is a small, one-room cabin in the midst of this boreal forest—the Alaskan taiga.

It’s a stroll John Luther Adams made virtually every single day. For many years, this 16-by-20-foot cabin was the middle of his world: his studio, the place he mapped the music of the arctic—a type of sonic geography. Lately, Adams makes his house within the Sonoran Desert, the place his music stays deeply embedded within the landscapes of the pure world.

This Saturday on Second Inversion, we’re taking a deep dive into the music of John Luther Adams, starting together with his Pulitzer Prize-winning piece Turn into Ocean (commissioned by the Seattle Symphony in 2013). Plus, Adams introduces us to the music and poetry of mountains and desert.

To pay attention, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9pm PT.


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