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Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer

Thursday, March 3, 2022 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
Steel Hammer
Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer “bangs out a spectacularly inventive social message” (Los Angeles Times). Wolfe’s love for Appalachian folk song is the heart of this moving retelling of “John Henry,” a classic American ballad of man versus machine. Wolfe’s exquisite vocal writing is complemented by standard instruments as well as wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, banjo, clapping, and clogging in this one-of-a-kind work that explores the African American experience, the labor movement, and myth building. 

Part of: Julia Wolfe


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.

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