Full dectet plus bluegrass band
Premiered in 2016, Voices from the Dust Bowl is a 12-minute, newly-commissioned work composed by Steve Snowden for 5HE’s full instrumentation, inspired by public domain field recordings and photographs of migrant workers in California in 1940-1941. The work is presented as part of a performance collaboration with Chicago bluegrass band Henhouse Prowlers. Along with music by living composers that engage American folk music, both ensembles team up to explore original arrangements of classic Woody Guthrie songs and forgotten melodies from the Alan Lomax Archive and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. 5HE partners with national worker rights advocacy organizations such as Latino Union and Interfaith Worker Justice to explore the life of modern day workers through captivating interviews. This project combines projected images, field recordings, interviews, and newly composed music to create an immersive audience experience, highlighting the lasting impact of this pivotal period in American history.
Carolina Moon live at Old Town School of Folk Music:
John Harbison – Amazing Grace
Mark O’Connor – Emily’s Reel
Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, L’autunno, mvt. I: Allegro
Steve Snowden – Voices from the Dust Bowl
James Weigel, arr. Henhouse Prowlers – Ain’t It a Shame
Dana Wilson – Shallow Streams, Deep Rivers, mvt. III
Marc Mellits – Flatiron, mvt. V: Mahogany
Pete Seeger – I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister
Woody Guthrie – Deportee
Ben Wright, arr. Henhouse Prowlers – Rosebud Rounds the Yard
Valerie Coleman, lyrics by Chisanga Simwenwa – Umoja
John Harbison – Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Louis Andriessen – Workers Union
Hugh Broughton, arr. Henhouse Prowlers – Carolina Moon
Voices from the Dust Bowl at Old Town School of Folk Music
Sunday, May 1st 2016, 3:00pm
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N Lincoln Ave
Voices from the Dust Bowl at Constellation
Sunday, May 8th 2016, 8:30pm
3111 N Western Ave
About Henhouse Prowlers
Eleven years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.
Resting on no haunches, the Prowlers just released a new album “Still On That Ride” in the summer of 2015. Along with their cover of the Nigerian pop hit “Chop My Money,” the album consists of 13 original songs with each member collaborating in contribution. The band is beyond excited to put out their most self-authored work to date!
The boys have worked with the US State Department on four separate trips in ten different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Russia, and put yet another notch in their European belt this summer, touring all over the Benelux and beyond. Continuing to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence–with the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
For more information, visit www.henhouseprowlers.com
About Steven Snowden
The music of Steven Snowden has been described as “Beguiling… combining force with clarity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “Wonderfully dynamic” (Interlude Hong Kong), “Rustic, red-blooded” (New Music Box), and “Marvelously evocative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Writing music for dance, theater, multi-media installations, and the concert stage, he is equally at home writing acoustic and electro-acoustic music and has taken a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and live electronic audio manipulation as a tool for improvisation.