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. 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.”
Works for me.
Sample below. It’s enough that I find myself hoping a full recording is released soon.
Update: Alex Ross has it that a recording is coming out, and that it’s going to be the second Pulitzer-winning release in a row from Cantaloupe records.