On February 20, 2011, the Park Avenue Armory's inaugural Tune-In Festival concluded with an historic performance of John Luther Adams' epic composition for large percussion ensemble, "Inuksuit." As he described it during the pre-performance discussion, he conceived the work originally for outdoor performance, using an ensemble as large as 100 musicians. This first indoor performance, of 78 musicians, exploited the vast space of the Armory (along with its attached formal rooms), while encouraging open wandering by the unseated audience. Seizing the opportunity, I shot this modest filmic excerpt of the 85-minute performance, grading the footage in post-production using Red Giant Software's Looks plug-in ("B&W Grainy" preset), with further shot-by-shot grading for proper contrast. Because this creation sprung unexpected and on impulse, I was not equipped with my boom microphone and thus the sound quality suffers. Accordingly, this 15-minute work is less a concert film, and more a documentary record of this historic event that hopefully gets repeated and outdone in subsequent seasons of the Tune-In Festival.
Also on YouTube at: youtube.com/watch?v=fnoxu4ocQb0