‘I want my art to matter. I want it to be of use’: John Luther Adams

How to change the world? The Pulitzer-winning composer explains why he chose music over activism, and how his concern over the future only raises the stakesIn the early evening of 4 April 1968, while standing on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee, Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. Two years later, on the anniversary, my girlfriend and I climbed over the locked iron gate of our exclusive boarding school on the north side of Atlanta and hitchhiked downtown to join the candlelight vigil at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Related: John Luther Adams: a force of nature Continue reading…

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