Veils and Vesper

John Luther Adams credit Evan Hurd

Saturday 16 May 2020, 11.30am

Chapter Arts Centre

Sound installation, free entry

Composer Piece Duration Listen
John Luther Adams Veils and Vesper 6" 15'

We’re taking over Chapter Arts Centre’s Stiwdio, not for a concert, but a sound installation lasting more than six hours. Veils and Vesper is one of our featured composer John Luther Adams’ most ambitious works, something you can dip in and out of and hear from different perspectives as it evolves over time.

Adams has said Veils and Vesper is simultaneously his “most mathematical” and “most sensuous” piece. It incorporates ‘pink noise’, which commonly occurs in nature, and ‘harmonic prisms’ tuned to prime number harmonics.

Listening to it is a meditative experience. And if you’re planning to stay for a while, don’t worry – Adams says it’s fine to bring a book.


John Luther Adams: The Music of a True Place from NewMusicBox on Vimeo.