Adams, John Luther
- Joshua Kosman
(b Meridian, MS, Jan 23, 1953). American composer. He came to music as a rock drummer, and through a youthful passion for the music of Frank Zappa he became acquainted with the works of Varèse and Feldman. Adams studied with James Tenney and Leonard Stein at the California Institute of the Arts (BFA 1973), and in 1975 he moved to Alaska, serving as timpanist and principal percussionist with the Fairbanks SO and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra (1982–9). In 1994–7 he was composer-in-residence with the Anchorage SO, Anchorage Opera and Alaska Public Radio Network. He teaches composition at the Oberlin College Conservatory and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Among his awards and fellowships are those from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Opera America, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the American Music Center and the Alaska State Council on the Arts....