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"Believing" by American composer Julia Wolfe

Julia Wolfe’s “Believing” 1997 from the “Renegade Heaven” CD, on Cantaloupe Music, was presented in Streaming Museum’s “Artists and Innovators for the Environment” part two, Dec 2008 - Feb 2009 with the video, “Upside Down World” by UK artist Marty St. James, which has been touring in Europe.  "Believing" was performed by an amplified sextet of Bang on a Can All Stars - Maya Beiser, cello; Robert Black, bass; Lisa Morre, keyboards, piano; Steven Schick, percussion Mark Stewart, electric guitar;  Evan Ziporyn, clarinet.

“Stronghold” 2009 for 8 bass players was featured in Edwina Sandys' "Breakthrough" exhibition accompanying a photo montage curated by Bobbi Baker Burrows, LIFE Director of Photography.  The piece was performed by Robert Black and The Hartt Bass Band at Chelsea Art Museum on November 10, 556 West 22nd st, NYC. “Stronghold” is from her new album “Full Dark Ride” on Cantaloupe Music from the creators of Bang on a Can.

Julia Wolfe Drawing inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, Julia Wolfe's music brings a modern sensibility to each while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them.  Wolfe's music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience.  In the words of the Wall Street Journal, Wolfe has "long inhabited a terrain of (her) own, a place where classical forms are recharged by the repetitive patterns of minimalism and the driving energy of rock."

Julia Wolfe's music has been heard at BAM, the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, Settembre Musica (Italy), Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and has been recorded on Cantaloupe, Teldec, Point/Universal, Sony Classical, and Argo/Decca.  Wolfe has been a recipient of numerous grants, including awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, and a Fulbright to the Netherlands.  She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Yale, and Princeton.  Wolfe joined the NYU Steinhardt School's composition faculty in the fall of 2009.  She is co-founder of New York's music collective Bang on a Can.

For additional information, please contact: Amanda Ameer First Chair Promotion Phone: 212-368-5949 Email:


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