Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer
Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer is a moving retelling of “John Henry,” a classic American ballad of man versus machine. Based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales, the piece features exquisite vocal writing complemented by Appalachian folk instruments, such as wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, banjo, clapping, and clogging. Experience the first in a series of seminal works by Wolfe that explore the multifaceted history of the American worker.
Bang on a Can All-Stars
·· Arlen Hlusko, Cello
·· Robert Black, Bass
·· Vicky Chow, Piano and Melodica
·· David Cossin, Percussion
·· Mark Stewart, Electric Guitar, Banjo, Mountain Dulcimer, and Harmonica
·· Ken Thomson, Clarinets and Harmonica
Rebecca L. Hargrove, Vocalist
Sonya Headlam, Vocalist
Molly Netter, Vocalist
JULIA WOLFE Steel Hammer
Julia Wolfe is holder of the 2021–2022 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall.