Lauded by the New Yorker's Alex Ross as “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century,” John Luther Adams draws inspiration from the natural world for his ambitious, large-scale compositions; these include Inuksuit, Sila, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean, which in 2015 won the Grammy award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
Adams composes for orchestra, chamber ensembles, percussion and electronic media, and his music has been released on various independent labels, including Cold Blue, New World, Mode, New Albion and Cantaloupe Music.
A recipient of the Heinz Award for his contributions to raising environmental awareness, Adams has also been honored with the Nemmers Prize from Northwestern University “for melding the physical and musical worlds into a unique artistic vision that transcends stylistic boundaries.”
JLA's music is heard regularly all over the world. The Chicago Symphony, the Radio Netherlands Philharmonic, and the Melbourne Symphony have performed Dark Waves for large orchestra and electronic sounds. Inuksuit, for up to ninety-nine percussionists, has been performed in New York City's Morningside Park and at the Park Avenue Armory, as well as many other outdoor venues throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia. Become Ocean made its New York premiere at Carnegie Hall in May 2014, and was performed by the Seattle Symphony.