Jacob Bancks' "Rock Island Line"
Every Friday on PT, we feature 21st century music. Music written in a year that begins with a 2. Today, composer Jacob Bancks helps dissect his 2014 piece, "Rock Island Line," which was inspired by a particular place.
Bancks teaches at Augustana College in the quad cities area, where the Mississippi River draws the border between Iowa and Illinois. It's also a place where the sounds of trains mix with the mighty Miss, and that feeling is part of what Bancks tried to capture in his piece.