Percussion piece by former Alaskan to make Alaskan debut at UAS Saturday

    It's the Alaskan premiere of Inusksuit, a multi-percussion musical experience by Pulitzer Prize winner and former Alaskan John Luther Adams 2 p.m. on Saturday at the University of Alaska Southeast.

    Posted Friday, May 20th, 2016 4:46pm by Lance David

    It's the Alaskan premiere of Inusksuit, a multi-percussion musical experience by Pulitzer Prize winner and former Alaskan John Luther Adams 2 p.m. on Saturday at the University of Alaska Southeast.

    It's free and being described as "raw, wild and epic." An outdoor event to include local musicians led by Juneau Jazz and Classics Artists in Residence Third Coast Percussion, it's a performance that can never be repeated.

    The author has said of the piece that each performance of is different, determined by "the size of the ensemble, the specific instruments used, the topology and vegetation of the site, and even by the songs of local birds.”

    Atypical instruments to be utilized in the performance include air raid sirens and conch shells, in addition to congas, bongos, tom-toms, bass drums, and cymbals of any size.

    UAS Director of Media and Public Relations Katie Bausler described the event as a "percussion piece involving the natural environment that will take place throughout the UAS campus; it's interactive with the audience, so the audience can kind of follow the percussionists around."

    A pre-event information session, including a video and message from Adams is set for 1:30 p.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall.

    The interactive campus-wide performance will commence at 2 p.m. in the Mourant Courtyard by the whale sculpture.

    The event is free and open to the public.

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