HOLLAND HOPSON AND JUSTIN PEAKE
Musicians Fusing Banjo & Drums with Electronics to Perform at Bama Theatre March 7th
Hopson’s music, grounded in appalachian folk traditions, and Peake’s, exploring new territory in jazz and dance musics, showcase the musicians’ Alabama roots and connection to regional music traditions. In conversation with these traditions, Hopson and Peake allow electronic elements of their work to envelop both listener and performer for intimate and often hypnotic music.
About Holland Hopson
Holland Hopson is a composer, improviser, and electronic artist. As an instrumentalist he performs on soprano saxophone, clawhammer banjo and electronics. Holland often augments his instruments with custom-designed sensor interfaces and performs with his own highly responsive, interactive computer programs. In addition to composing and performing, Holland is a vital member of the Sonic Frontiers team and an instructor at the University of Alabama.
Holland has held recent residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida, where he worked with interactive electronics pioneer David Behrman; at LEMURPlex, Brooklyn, where he composed music for and performed with robotic instruments; and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts, New York, where he developed a sound installation based on Marcel Duchamp’s sculpture, With Hidden Noise.
Holland’s film sound and scoring work recently took him to Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, “home of the world’s worst weather,” where he somehow managed not to get blown off the mountain while recording location sound for Jacqueline Goss’s The Observers. Holland’s recently released companion soundtrack to the film is titled Wind Whistling in Overhead Wires.
An avid phonographer, Holland has recorded sounds on five continents and in over a dozen countries.
Holland’s most recent solo recording is Post and Beam, a collection of original and traditional appalachian songs arranged for banjo and live electronics. The Albany Times-Union called Post & Beam “a haunting, often mesmerizing album of old songs and new sounds.”
“…vocalist-banjo player Holland Hopson magnificently melded old-timey roots music with 21st century technology…”
–Greg Haymes, The Albany Times Union
About Justin Peake
Justin Peake draws from a well of creativity in his professional life; as a drummer, percussionist, sound designer, DJ, music theorist, composer, visual artist, and recording producer, he has a unique and innovative ability to fine-tune his wide range of skills to fit the specifics of a multitude of projects. As a musician, Peake presents a multifaceted approach to a huge breadth of genres; his project Beautiful Bells encompasses a range of dance-inducing musical tastes that are gathered and reworked beneath the wide-stretching electronic umbrella, while The Moon in Gemini allows for eloquent illustration of more textural, improvisational sounds.
Originally from Alabama, Peake began his love affair with music through the drums, then quickly learned how to produce. Later evolving into a composer, director and conceptual artist, he has developed his art into a three-dimensional, fully immersive experience. His foundation in jazz brings yet another distinct and notable element to his work; Peake is one of only a handful of artists with the ability to perform professionally on his instrument while also composing professionally as a producer, and blending these two worlds together is at the forefront of his expertise. Perhaps more importantly, these two aspects of his career are what keep Peake’s artistic experience fresh and exciting; one night he may be playing along the edges of an extended drum solo for a ravenous crowd, while the next day’s itinerary involves stepping off of a plane and heading to a Beautiful Bells show to enter an entirely different side of his sound.
In 2012, Justin established Articulated Works, a multimedia production company and art/music label based in New Orleans.
“Peake’s projects are best understood in terms of surfaces and how they interact with each other and the world around them. The silent spaces he leaves often allow the sound of the room to become part of the composition.”
- Alex Rawls, Off Beat Magazine
Sonic Frontiers is a cutting-edge concert series of innovative and experimental music that enriches the cultural life of West Alabama and invites creative exchange between world-class performers of adventurous music, students, and the greater community through public performances and discussions. All Sonic Frontiers events are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by the University of Alabama’s New College, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music, Creative Campus, Honors College, Blount Undergraduate Initiative and Capstone International. For more information call 205.348.9928 or visit: http://sonicfrontiers.ua.edu
Holland Hopson and Justin Peake perform Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:30pm at the Bama Theatre’s Greensboro Room, 600 Greensboro Ave.,Tuscaloosa AL. Admission is Free.
Video preview for Holland Hopson - “Blackjack David” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRk6cskXFTg
Video preview for Justin Peake: “Drum Solo,” Workshop at Badabum Atelier - http://vimeo.com/59588333