Featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars and Special Guests
Julia Wolfe, the 2017 Mellon Artist-in-Residence at Drew, is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, a 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner in music and a co-founder of the experimental music organization Bang on a Can. Steel Hammer reflects her love for the legends and music of Appalachia, culling from musical and oral traditions of the region. The text is inspired by the legendary American-worker ballad “John Henry,” while the music embraces wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, banjo and more to evoke the rich instrumental colors of Appalachia. The New York Times calls it a “wild hybrid” and “an obsessive study of the song’s many versions.”
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Ashley Bathgate, Cello | Robert Black, Bass | Vicky Chow, Piano | David Cossin, Percussion | Mark Stewart, Electric Guitar | Ken Thomson, Clarinets/Saxophone | with Emily Eagen, Katie Geissinger, Molly Quinn, Voice
Co-sponsored by Drew University Music Department and the Mellon Arts and the Common Good grant.