Copper Hill
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Copper Hill

Rochester, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Rochester, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Folk Indie




"Album review 'Once Around the Sun'"

A dynamic quartet of classically trained Eastman musicians, Copper Hill defies traditional Americana standards with its folk-art fusion of country, roots, blues, and jazz. Formed in 2017, Copper Hill is celebrating the release of its debut full-length album, "Once Around the Sun."

Violinist-vocalists Willa Finck and Katie Knudsvig share jovial duets in "Poppies" and the title track -- their instrumental harmonies and vocal harmonies in sync. "Tangerine" features a complex pizzicato part by upright bassist Caroline Samuels, while Ethan Cypress's banjo shines out in "Stuck in Time." The band creates lyrical irony in "Moonshine" and "Wildflowers" by using the fragrant, floral imagery of natural life to portray serious metaphorical messages about death and existence. Elsewhere, Copper Hill pays dark homage to she-wolf mythology in "Witching Hour."

"Once Around the Sun" is an odyssey of upbeat, whirling reels and fruitful ballads with melancholic, modal twists. Each song is a sweet and hauntingly lush poem with forward-driving daydream music built around it. - CITY Newspaper


Once Around the Sun - 2019 



Copper Hill creates a genre of music that combines the styles of folk, classical, singer-songwriting, and jazz. The group—violinists Willa Finck and Katie Knudsvig, bassist Caroline Samuels, and banjo player Ethan Cypress—refers to this genre as folk-art music.

The band’s honest and relatable music creates a uniquely engaging concert experience. Aiming to connect a variety of audiences, Copper Hill combines some of the defining aspects of each genre: the accessibility of folk music, the technicality of classical music, the intimate singer-songwriter perspectives, and the spontaneity and active engagement of jazz.

It is Copper Hill’s passion and love for these genres, for their individual elements and the way they can be combined into a more meaningful and evocative musical style, that drives and inspires them to create folk-art music.

The band’s thoughtful arrangements of traditional folk tunes are harmoniously coupled with their song-writing.

The members of Copper Hill are classically trained musicians who met at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and formed in the fall of 2017.

Band Members