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. Her music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience. Wolfe has written a major body of work for strings, from quartets to full orchestra. The influence of pop culture can be heard in many of her pieces including “Lick,” which based on fragments of funk, has become a manifesto for the new generation of pop–influenced composers. On April 20th, she was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for “Anthracite Fields,” an evening–length work based on life in the Pennsylvania Anthracite coal region.
Wolfe has collaborated with theater artist Anna Deveare Smith, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, filmmaker Bill Morrison, and choreographer Susan Marshall among others, and compiled a series of collaborative multimedia works with composers Michael Gordon and David Lang, including The Carbon Copy Building (with comic–book artist Ben Katchor). Her music has been heard at BAM, Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. A staged version of Wolfe’s piece “Steel Hammer,” directed by the legendary Anne Bogart, will premiere on the 2015 Next Wave festival at BAM.
In 2009 Wolfe joined the NYU Steinhardt School composition faculty. A New York resident, she is co–founder and co–artistic director of New York’s legendary music collective Bang on a Can. http://juliawolfemusic.com/