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Bang On A Can All-Stars Perform Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer

Saturday, July 27, 2013 8pm
Hunter Center Mezzanine
$24 concert only / $35 day pass (concert + museum admission) / $15 students

Our big bang theory. The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Julia Wolfe’s mesmerizing evening-length art ballad Steel Hammer as part of the Bang on a Can Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA.

Wolfe’s Steel Hammer is inspired by the composers love for the legends and music of Appalachia, and pulls from both the music and oral traditions of the region. The text is taken from over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad – based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales – and explores the subject of human vs. machine in this quintessential American legend. Steel Hammer was runner-up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and stretches the standard instrumentation of Bang on a Can All-Stars with 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.”

Hear a taste of what's in store during this amazing evening of progressive performance.

Sponsored by The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
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