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Inuksuit: An Alaskan Musical Premiere Like No Other

Saturday, May 21, 2016, the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus will be the site of the Alaskan premiere of Inusksuit, a multi-percussion musical experience by Pulitzer Prize winner and former Alaskan John Luther Adams. Raw, wild and epic, this outdoor event will include local musicians led by Juneau Jazz and Classics Artists in Residence Third Coast Percussion. A pre-event information session, including a video and message from John Luther Adams, is set for 1:30 p.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall. The interactive campus- wide performance will commence at 2 p.m. in the Mourant Courtyard by the whale sculpture.

Described by the New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece,” Inuksuit involves a variety of percussion instruments and players dispersed through the outdoors on and around the UAS campus. The piece has been performed all over the world in recent years. “Each performance of Inuksuit is different,” Adams has said of the piece, “determined by the size of the ensemble, the specific instruments used, the topology and vegetation of the site, and even by the songs of local birds.”

The event is part of the final day of the annual Juneau Jazz & Classics festival. Organizer Sean Connors of Third Coast Percussion said, “Inuksuit is a truly unique performance experience. It is at once an intricately structured concert work, a beautifully hypnotic sound installation, an interactive work of performance art, and a communal music making event like no other. It is not everyday that you can gather a large group of people together that are all excited about making a truly groundbreaking piece of art. It is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both the audience, the performers, the University of Alaska Southeast, and the greater Juneau community!”

Introduction to Inuksuit

Map of Performance

Map of locations for the Inuksuit performance around campus.

Contact: Sean Connors
Third Coast Percussion
Phone: 312-231-0812
Email: connors.sean@gmail.com

Contact: Katie Bausler
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 796-6530
Email: katie.bausler@uas.alaska.edu


Students Safe after Bear Attack on Faculty

Forest Wagner, UAS Outdoor Studies Faculty. Photo credit: Ryan Cortes

Monday, May 9, Juneau University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Assistant Professor Forest Wagner, 35, was released from Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He is continuing outpatient physical therapy and wound care in Anchorage. Wagner was mauled by a brown bear Monday, April 18 during a field mountaineering course near Haines and medevaced to Providence Hospital. In a statement issued May 11, Wagner said, “Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming amount of support. I’m doing well, currently walking on crutches and scheduled to return to Juneau in June.” Forest looks forward to teaching again in the fall.

Alaska State Troopers and university officials coordinated with Temsco Helicopters to evacuate the class group from the area. Students returned to Juneau with UAS Professor Kevin Krein on Tuesday, April 19 via ferry as previously planned. Haines is located 92 miles north of Juneau and only accessible from Alaska’s capital city via air or sea.

UAS is supporting the students involved. Chancellor Rick Caulfield said “I commend the students for their quick action in responding to this situation and appreciate the prompt response from Alaska State Troopers, Haines Police, Temsco Helicopters, and medical staff in Haines, Juneau and Anchorage. Our thoughts are with faculty member Forest Wagner as he recovers from this incident, and we are thankful that all involved are safe.”

Wagner grew up in Fairbanks. He teaches mountaineering, backcountry navigation and travel, ice climbing, rock climbing, and outdoor leadership, and has led many extended expedition courses. He guides on Mt. Denali for Alaska Mountain School, has worked internationally as a high altitude guide and completed several wilderness classic mountaineering routes in Alaska.

In an April 20 public statement released through Providence Hospital, Wagner thanked well-wishers for the outpouring of support.

This report will be updated as needed.

Contact: Katie Bausler
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: Cell: 907-321-2755, Office: 907-796-6530
Email: katie.bausler@uas.alaska.edu



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