Sila: The Breath of the World World Premiere

07-25-Adams-John-LutherFriday, July 25, 2014 at 6:00, Free, Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:00

In a co-presentation with Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the 2014 summer festivities begin with the world premiere of American composer John Luther Adams’s Sila: The Breath of the World. In the Inuit tradition, sila is the spirit that animates all things—the wind, the weather, and all forces of nature. In Adams’s piece, composed specifically to be heard out of doors, musicians and listeners alike are encouraged to move about the perfromance space freely.


  • Doug Perkins, musical director M|M
  • Mark DeChiazza, choreographer M|M
  • Sylvianne Shurman, costume consultant
  • Featuring members of
  • Asphalt Orchestra M|M
  • Cadillac Moon Ensemble M|M
  • Contemporaneous M|M
  • The Crossing M|M
  • eighth blackbird M|M
  • Face the Music M|M
  • Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble M|M
  • Hotel Elefant M|M
  • JACK Quartet M|M
  • TILT Brass M|M