John Adams is an American contemporary composer with strong roots in minimalism. His creative output spans a wide range of media: works for orchestra, opera, video, film, and dance, as well as electronic and instrumental music. His works Harmonium, Harmonielehre, Shaker Loops, and The Chairman Dances are among the best known and most frequently performed of contemporary American music. During his life Adams has been a conductor of Bach Society Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, and a teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Adams won the Pulitzer prize for his work On the Transmigration of Souls (2002), a choral piece commemorating the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Adams participated in discussions as part of The Kitchen’s landmark series New Music, New York in 1979. For more information please visit:

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