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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.

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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: http://www.tnr.com/blog/the-famous-door/the-composer-who-should-have-won-the-pulitzer-prize#comments)

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