Inuksuit / Open-Air Percussion-Performance

Hamburg International Music Festival

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Mindfulness in the open air

According to the New York Times, »Inuksuit« by the multi-award-winning composer John Luther Adams is »the ultimate environmental piece«. Written for open-air performance, the one-hour composition invites listeners to sharpen their senses and to become attentive – to the sounds that surround us and to the natural world in which we live. The work thereby fits neatly into the Music Festival programme, which explores the theme of »nature« this year. »Inuksuit« is scored for 9 to 99 percussionists distributed around a large, open area, around which the audience can move freely. As a result, every performance of »Inuksuit« is unique – and so is the experience for every single listener.


Sō Percussion percussion ensemble

Elbtonal Percussion

Percussionisten aus Norddeutschland

Jesper Tjærby Korneliusen Künstlerische Leitung

Tobias Hertlein Künstlerische Leitung


John Luther Adams

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Hamburg International Music Festival

Promoter: HamburgMusik

From the Mediatheque : Videos, Podcasts, Articles

John Luther Adams: Inuksuit

Music in nature and recycled instruments for a better world: an open-air percussion performance in Planten un Blomen.

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