2016 Inuksuit previews
This innovative little outdoor festival, on Governors Island, closes its season with its most ambitious concert: some sixty percussionists will gather to play John Luther Adams’s powerful environmental-themed piece. The performers include members of Iktus Percussion and Mantra Percussion, among many others.
Venture out from the ferry terminal on Governors Island on Saturday afternoon, and you are likely to bump into at least one of more than 60 percussionists who have fanned out across the Hills and may seem to be engaging in eccentric behavior. No need to be alarmed: Performances of John Luther Adams’s “Inuksuit” are always an immersive experience, as man-made rhythms intertwine with the sounds of nature.
This ambitious percussion piece by vanguard composer John Luther Adams plays off the unique environments its staged in. In this case, that’s the Hills at Governors Island and its picturesque harbor view, where a 60-plus crew, including Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Brian Chase and members of TIGUE, Iktus Percussion and Loop 2.4.3, take on the meditative, swelling work as part of the Rite of Summer Music Festival.