Hol­land Hop­son mul­ti­me­dia show at Bark­ing Legs

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A banjo player and com­poser for the 21st cen­tury, Hol­land Hop­son draws upon his Alabama roots to meld tra­di­tional old-time clawham­mer banjo tech­nique with live, in­ter­ac­tive elec­tron­ics.

Hop­son will present a mul­ti­me­dia show­case fea­tur­ing banjo, voice and elec­tron­ics on Sun­day, Oct. 7, at Bark­ing Legs Theater.

Hop­son’s prod­uct i on bridges t he gap be­tween tra­di­tional folk and mod­ern tech­nol­ogy with a unique take on Ap­palachian mu­sic that he en­hances with live, im­pro­vi­sa­tional danc­ing from lo­cal per­form­ers and vivid, ab­stract video cre­ated by Hop­son him­self.

Af­ter t he per­for­mance, Hop­son will hold a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion along with a demon­stra­tion of his c us­tom- made banjo equipped with pres­sure sen­sors, Ar­duino mi­cro­con­trollers and pho­tore­sis­tors.

An avid phono­g­ra­pher, Hop­son has recorded sounds on five con­ti­nents and in over a dozen coun­tries. His lat­est solo record­ing is “Post & Beam,” a col­lec­tion of tra­di­tional and orig­i­nal songs ar­ranged for banjo and live elec­tron­ics.

MARK LUNT PHOTO

Hol­land Hop­son

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