By
Pau Roca

Great news from Sónar Festival: after three years it returns to the Auditori, the venue chosen for the 2016 Sampler Series, that will featured Become Ocean, an orchestral piece by American composer John Luther Adams (1953), directed by Brad Lubman and performed by Symphony Orchestra of Barcelona and National of Catalonia (OBC).

Great news from Sónar Festival: after three years it returns to the Auditori

This will be Become Ocean’s first performance in Europe. The orchestral piece by John Luther Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2015, a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2015. It is considered as a work intended to break new ground for symphonic writing in the 21st century.

Here’s the teaser of the piece, moving halfway between symphonic writing and contemporary ambient, as a translation fro, drone aesthetic to orchestral symphonic language. It is a 42-minute immersive experience inspired by the Pacific Ocean and a warning about the melting of the Arctic by global warming. The piece by the orchestra plays the sounds of nature at its most virginal, pure and violent states.