A Special Thank You From John Luther Adams

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Yesterday John Luther Adams and the Seattle Symphony won the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Last night he sent us the following. Congratulations to everyone who made this possible!

I’m thrilled that the Seattle Symphony’s recording of Become Ocean has been honored with a Grammy Award.

This has been one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. Yet it doesn’t feel as though this music belongs to me. It essentially composed itself, over the course of just a few months. Now it has a life of its own, independent of the composer. And it never would’ve happened without the combined efforts of so many other people.

– Ludovic Morlot, Elena Dubinets and Simon Woods, who extended the invitation to compose whatever I wanted for the Seattle Symphony,

– Brian and Lynn Grant, who took the leap of faith to commission my outlandish idea,

– Ludovic Morlot and the marvelous musicians of the Seattle Symphony, who brought the music to life exactly as I imagined it,

–Nathaniel Reichman and Dmitriy Lipay, who made it sparkle as a recording,

– Cantaloupe Music and Naxos, who brought that recording into the world,

– and all the listeners who have received the music with open minds and open ears.

And ultimately, of course, it wouldn’t have happened without the Pacific Ocean, and this beautiful, beleaguered planet that is our one and only home.

– John Luther Adams

Posted on February 9, 2015