The Songster Series - Susan Alcorn

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The Songster Series - Susan Alcorn

Wed Dec 31

TUE OCT 10 | 7:00pm | FREE

Creative Alliance presents a series of free public performances, The Songster Series, designed to reveal the hidden influences that have impacted celebrated regional musicians. This series gets to the heart of who these musicians are, their musical influences, and how their sound evolved. These intimate, salon style performances take place in the Creative Alliance’s Marquee Lounge.

The pedal steel guitar is a hard instrument to play and very difficult to master. 2017 Baker Artist Award-winner Susan Alcorn is a master. Though pedal steel is mostly associated with country and western music (and is becoming well known in the Sacred Steel style popularized by Robert Randolph) the possibilities are endless. Susan Alcorn has a deep grasp of where pedal steel has been and is a bold pioneer of where it can go.

Join host Brooks Long for an evening of music and conversation with Susan about how blues great Muddy Waters led her to pedal steel guitar, her time playing Country in the 1970s, Straight-Ahead Jazz in the 1980s and since then, bringing her pedal steel under the influence of Indonesian Gamelan, Indian Classical and avant-garde influences like late-period John Coltrane and mentor Pauline Oliveros’ deep listening philosophy.


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