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John Luther Adams: Inuksuit - A Border-Crossing Presentation

Date and time
Jan. 27, 2018 | 12:30pm

International Friendship Park
off Monument Road
San Diego, CA 92154

This is a FREE event. Important Note for Attendees: The Park is closed to vehicle traffic. To access Friendship Park, ALL visitors must hike through Border Field State Park, so please plan ahead for a 30-45 minute walk. The hike is 1.8 miles each way, almost entirely on level ground; however half of the walk is through soft sand on the beach. For your health, please follow detour signs and avoid contact with mud and water. Check the Friends of Friendship Park website for detailed instructions on how to get to the park and the border area. Note: because this performance takes place outside on a flood plain in the month of January, this event will be cancelled in the event of any significant rain.

Premiered in the Canadian Rockies, John Luther Adams’s outdoor masterpiece, Inuksuit, is a mirror of the landscape in which it is performed. We’ll play the piece at International Friendship Park (Monument Rd., San Diego, CA 92154) on the US/Mexico border at 12:30pm on January 27. We hope to reveal not just the sonic landscape of the border, but also qualities of its cultural and social topography. A bi-national group of Mexican and American percussionists, each performing on its own side of the border wall, will use the international language of sound to reflect a landscape of beautiful sounds, fascinating cultures and close neighbors. Based on the stone sentinels built by Inuit people of the circumpolar Arctic, Inuksuit reminds us that the climate is changing, the ice retreating and the seas rising.

New Yorker Magazine created a video feature about Inuksuit featuring composer John Luther Adams on the occasion of its outdoor premiere back in 2009. Festival curator Steven Schick, who participated at the premiere, offers his thoughts as well.

The San Diego State University percussion studio will be performing as part of this program.

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San Diego, CA 92154

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