John D.S. Adams is an award winning producer, recording/mix engineer, sound designer and electronic musician having worked on a wide variety of projects in film, television, music and dance. John’s incredible range and experience make him a highly sought after producer / engineer.
John’s client list is broad and impressive including music recording/mixing for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's award winning ‘Beach Birds: For Camera’, twelve CDs and 2 DVDs for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Sony BMG artists Yo Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, PSI Factor (Alliance-Atlantis TV series), Anton Kuerti’s final Beethoven Piano Sonatas as well as composition/sound design for Barishnykov's White Oak Dance Project. John’s work has been honoured with multiple Juno Award for his collaborations with James Ehnes, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Jane Bunnett. In addition to the many independent recordings, Adams has worked with artists Suzie LeBlanc (2015 ECMA Classical Album of the Year), Paul Halley, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Old Man Luedecke (2017 ECMA Album of the Year), Andy Stochansky, Eve Egoyan, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Kevin Fox and Neil Young. In 2000 the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles sought the skills of John when embarking on a massive music archival project. Between 2007 and 2009, John was Senior Recording Engineer at The Banff Centre.
Following the completion of his Masters of Music in Sound Recording (McGill University class of ‘91), John spent an inspirational five years in New York City. While in New York he worked intensively as a musician and multi-channel sound designer for the cutting edge Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) and acted as a hands-on assistant to electronic music pioneer David Tudor. Adams was requested by Tudor to realize and perform his music in the US, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Taiwan. In 1998 Adams joined ranks with New York based Composers Inside Electronics to perform Tudor’s Rainforest IV at the Lincoln Center Festival 98, and for the 2001 realization of Rainforest IV at the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles) Symposium on David Tudor. Adams continues to perform the works of David Tudor and creates music using his modular analogue electronics.
Adams has had the privilege of collaborating with some of the great musical pioneers of our time, including John Cage, Pauline Oliveros , Walter Zimmerman, Takehisa Kosugi, Steve Lacy and Stuart Dempster and Christos Hatzis. He is currently affiliated with suddenlyLISTEN (Halifax based improv collective), F.F.O.B. (Toronto based multimedia/electronic ensemble) and JERK (Atlantic Canadian experimental improv quintet).