http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/nonesuch-collaborators-among-macarthur-grant-recipientsSeptember 23, 2008|0 comments
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced this year's recipients of its annual fellowship, often referred to as the "Genius" grant. Dawn Upshaw was named a Fellow last year. Among this year's recipients are violinist Leila Josefowicz, who performs John Adams's Road Movies on the piece's 2004 Nonesuch recording; Walter Kitundu, Kronos Quartet's instrument builder in residence; writer Alex Ross, who will interview Upshaw at the upcoming New Yorker Festival; and SFJAZZ Collective saxophonist Miguel Zenón, who appears on the group's two Nonesuch albums.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/new-statesman-with-a-flowering-tree-adamss-musical-fertility-still-springs-anewSeptember 18, 2008|4 comments
John Adams's latest opera, A Flowering Tree, receives its first recording with the Nonesuch release out Tuesday, followed by Hallelujah Junction, a two-CD Adams retrospective and memoirs of the same name. "Adams's sound-world is still expanding," writes The New Statesman. "In this, the composer's seventh decade, his musical fertility still springs anew." Pitchfork gives A Flowering Tree an 8.4, asserting: "There are few living American composers writing works as universal and relevant as John Adams—and that deserves everybody's attention." The Telegraph, in its review of the forthcoming book, declares: "A musician's memoir would probably not be your first choice for light reading, but make an exception for Hallelujah Junction."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Reviewsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/publishers-weekly-adams-memoir-reveals-brilliant-musical-mind-behind-most-inventive-originalSeptember 02, 2008|0 commentsPublishers Weekly: Adams Memoir Reveals "Brilliant Musical Mind," "Incisive Exploration of Creative Process"
"Adams's searingly introspective autobiography reveals the workings of a brilliant musical mind responsible for some of contemporary America's most inventive and original music." So says Publishers Weekly in its recommendation of John Adams's forthcoming memoir, Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life. The Philadelphia Inquirer asserts that Adams's newest opera, The Flowering Tree, due out on Nonesuch this month, "commands attention musically and dramatically as handily as Verdi," part of minimalism's having "found a range of expression undreamed-of 30 years ago."Read more|Journal Topics:Reviewsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/the-new-yorker-previews-john-adamss-forthcoming-memoirAugust 18, 2008|0 comments
John Adams's long-awaited memoir, Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life, is set for release in early October, and this week, The New Yorker has published an excerpt from the book in the article "Sonic Youth: A Composer Finds His Voice." In the magazine's podcast, John discusses the topic, from his early years as a composer in San Francisco through his 1981 breakout piece, Harmonium. In conjunction with the book's launch, Nonesuch will release a two-disc retrospective of the same name featuring some of his best-known works. Adams's latest opera, A Flowering Tree, is available for pre-order now.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-named-winner-of-2008-opera-news-awardAugust 04, 2008|0 comments
Congratulations to John Adams, who has been named a winner of the 2008 Opera News Award. The New York Philharmonic's music director designate, Alan Gilbert, will present the composer with the award in a ceremony on November 16 in New York City; Gilbert will lead the Metropolitan Opera's production of Adams's Doctor Atomic in October. This year's other award recipients are sopranos Natalie Dessay and Renée Fleming, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, and baritone Sherrill Milnes.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/adams-reich-glass-frisell-music-to-be-featured-at-8-days-in-june-festivalJune 13, 2008|0 comments
Works by John Adams, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Frederic Rzewski, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, John Cage meet the music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's second annual 8 Days in June music festival, which kicks off tonight. It's a multidisciplinary affair aiming to examine the relationship between music and the explosive changes of the 20th and 21st centuries and harness the "The Power of Change."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tourjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/adams-reich-works-in-bang-on-a-can-nyc-marathon-this-weekendMay 29, 2008|0 comments
The Bang on a Can Marathon---which the New York Times calls "an annual orgy of new music," takes places this weekend, bringing 12 hours of free music to the World Financial Center's Winter Garden in downtown NYC. The event kicks off at 6 PM on Saturday evening with Alarm Will Sound's performance of the third movement to John Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony. The San Francisco Chronicle calls it a "vivacious" piece that "bursts with the technical prowess and cogent wit of the composer's finest efforts." As the clock turns past midnight, Steve Reich's Daniel Variations is scheduled to be performed by SIGNAL.Read more|Journal Topics:john adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/enthralling-film-ny-times-on-making-of-john-adamss-opera-doctor-atomic-opens-today-in-ny-laMay 29, 2008|0 comments
When John Adams's opera Doctor Atomic premiered at the San Francisco Opera in October 2005, the New York Times' Anthony Tommasini declared that it "must surely be considered the musical event of the year in America." Documentary filmmaker Jon Else was there when the curtain went up, as he had been throughout the previous year, capturing the efforts of the composer and his longtime collaborator, director/librettist Peter Sellars, to tell, through opera, the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the start of the nuclear age. Times film critic Stephen Holden calls the resulting documentary, Wonders Are Many, "enthralling." The film makes its way from successful festival runs to its theatrical debut, opening in NYC and LA this afternoon. Doctor Atomic makes its Metropolitan Opera debut in this October.Read more|Journal Topics:Filmjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/photos-from-adamss-a-flowering-tree-chicago-premiereMay 14, 2008|0 comments
John Adams's latest opera, A Flowering Tree, received its Midwest premiere last night in Chicago's Millennium Park, with the composer conducting. The Chicago Opera Theater production stars Natasha Jouhl as Kumudha, a young girl with the power to turn herself into a flowering tree; Noah Stewart as the Prince; and Sanford Sylvan, who has previously originated leading roles in two Adams operas, as the Storyteller.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/chicago-tribune-john-adamss-luminously-beautiful-opera-a-flowering-tree-opens-in-chicagoMay 13, 2008|0 comments
John Adams's opera A Flowering Tree receives its Midwest premiere tonight in the Chicago Opera Theater performance at the Harris Theater in Millenium Park. The composer will conduct the opening night performance as well as the second performance, this Saturday. Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein says the piece offers "the light of hope and renewal" and concludes: "Nobody who loves contemporary opera and music theater can afford to miss it ... Adams' music is luminously beautiful, the entire opera a glorious multicultural paean to the ecology of the soul."