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Julia Wolfe


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Julia Wolfe (born December 18, 1958) is an American composer. She was born in Philadelphia and works in New York. Wolfe’s music is rhythmically vigorous and often clangorously dissonant. As a composer associated with the downtown style of new music she is not averse to drawing on rock and minimalism as primary influences. Her music, however, shows a good deal more rhythmic complexity than is generally found in these genres, hence her music can properly be considered and described as postminimalist.

In 1987, Wolfe co-founded Bang on a Can together with composers David Lang and Michael Gordon, her husband.

As of 2003, Julia Wolfe is on the composition faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

The composer Julia Wolfe, who was nominated for a lively and venturesome piece of experimental music, called “Steel Hammer.” … It draws from pop and funk music with surety, and it shows the fertility of Wolfe’s musical imagination. For me, this music provides a kind of pleasure different from but every bit as satisfying as warmth or charm, and that, too, is a beautiful thing. (from:


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