Chattanooga Now Holland Hopson bridges gap between traditional folk and modern technology

Chattanooga Now Holland Hopson bridges gap between traditional folk and modern technology

October 3rd, 2018 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

Holland Hopson

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

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 production bridges the 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 the performance, Hopson will hold a question-and-answer session along with a demonstration of his custom-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.

If you go

› What: Holland Hopson

› Where: Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.

› When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7

› Admission: $9

› For more information: barkinglegs.org