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Instruments, Ideas, and Improvisation: An Evening with Susan Alcorn
October 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Musicology and Ethnomusicology Area is proud to present an evening with pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn.
The evening will begin with a pre-concert talk by Dr. Tim Sterner Miller at 6:30PM. At 7:30, Alcorn will play a solo set of her original compositions, transcriptions, and improvisations. Alcorn will then be joined by several Milwaukee-based improvising musicians (TBD) for a group improvisation.
Susan Alcorn began her career playing pedal steel in country and western bands in Houston, Texas, but found herself drawn to jazz and other musical styles, ultimately leaving Texas and country music behind. Based in Baltimore, Alcorn has taken the pedal steel from an instrument that is intrinsically bound to the aesthetics and conventions of country music into a vehicle for exploring previously unheard musical sounds, through free improvisation, original compositions, and innovative and transformative interpretations of music by composers from the realms of jazz and contemporary art music, such as Olivier Messiaen, Astor Piazzolla, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk. Alcorn’s recent work includes recordings and performances with the Mary Halvorson Octet and solo performances at the Days of New Music festival (Gdansk, Poland), the Music Unlimited Festival (Vienna, Austria), and the Eastern Daze IV Festival (Ghent, Belgium). In 2017, Alcorn was the recipient of the $30,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize and a $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC