News & Reviews
- Wednesday, March 6, 2013
American Master: A Portrait of John Adams, a new film documentary about composer John Adams by Mark Kidel, will be broadcast for the first time on BBC4 TV on Friday, March 8, at 8 PM. The film, which offers a journey through the musical landscapes of the composer, will be repeated on BBC HD on March 15. The film will also be screened at the Barbican in London on March 16 as a prelude to the European premiere of Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the LA Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Watch an excerpt from the film here.
- Thursday, February 14, 2013
Nonesuch Records returns to Powell Hall in St. Louis this weekend to record the St. Louis Symphony's performances of John Adams's City Noir, February 15 and 16. John Adams will be in attendance for the recording. The Saturday evening performance will be broadcast live on St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7-KWMU, streaming at stlpublicradio.org. Nonesuch will be back in Powell Hall in October to record a new John Adams concerto written for saxophone. The concerto and City Noir will combined and released by Nonesuch Records at a future date.
About this Album
Hoodoo Zephyr, the 1993 Nonesuch release by John Adams, features a behind-the-scenes look at the Grammy Award-winning composer of Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. Five Yamaha keyboards and a rack of samplers have served Adams in his recent composition and orchestration activities. Here he brings these midi synthesizers to the forefront, in a CD of seven short compositions inspired by Western landscapes.
Produced in the upstairs studio of Adams’s Berkeley home, Hoodoo Zephyr extends the range of a composer whose versatility is well documented. From the lyrical guitar solo of “Disappointment Lake” to the propulsive bass clarinets and tympani of the title track, Adams’s recognizable style is joined with an array of sampled sounds in a high-end romp through numerous musical vocabularies.
All songs composed and performed by John Adams
Produced by John Adams
Engineer: Mark Grey
Consultant for mixing and production: Paul Dresher
Mastered by Robert Ludwig
Composed and produced January 1992 to May 1993 in Berkeley, California, utilizing the Korg Wavestation, Yamaha Electone, Yamaha SY77 and SY99, E Mu Systems Proteus I and E-Max II, Kurzweil K-2000 and Lexicon LXP-15.
Design by John Heiden
Photography by Deborah O’Grady
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz