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Ted Hearne

Los Angeles, CA         

Ted Hearne (b. 1982, Chicago) is a composer, singer, bandleader and recording artist noted for his “pan-stylistic freedom” (Pitchfork) and “wildness of spirit” (The New York Times), who “writes with such technical assurance and imaginative scope” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Hearne’s Sound From the Bench, a cantata for choir, electric guitars and drums setting texts from U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments, was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize

The New York Times included Hearne’s oratorio The Source on its list of the best classical vocal performances of 2014, and (along with The New Yorker and The Nation) the best albums of 2015. Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker “Hearne’s piece holds up as a complex mirror image of an information-saturated, mass-surveillance world, and remains staggering in its impact,” and Pitchfork called The Source “some of the most expressive socially engaged music in recent memory — from any genre.” Law of Mosaics, Hearne’s 30-minute piece for string orchestra, was recently performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, and was named one of The New Yorker’s most notable albums of 2014 by Alex Ross. Hearne’s most recent evening-length theatrical work, Place, was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Beth Morrison Projects and premiered at BAM in 2018 to critical acclaim.

Hearne performs with Philip White as the vocal-electronics duo R WE WHO R WE, whose debut album (New Focus Recordings, 2013) was called “eminently, if weirdly, danceable and utterly gripping.” (Time Out Chicago). R WE’s sophomore release, “I Love You” was named one of the Best Albums of 2017 by The Nation.. His works have been conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams and Gustavo Dudamel. Recent collaborations have paired him with directors Daniel Fish and Patricia McGregor, poet/performer Saul Williams, visual artists Sanford Biggers and Rachel Perry, and legendary musician Erykah Badu.

Animals (2018)

“These aren’t people, these are animals.”

written for and performed by The Crossing, Donald Nally, conductor
commissioned by The Park Avenue Armory

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[Excerpts from the middle of something] from LAW OF MOSIACS (2012)

1st movement of a six movement work, LAW OF MOSAICS (2012)

Commissioned and performed by A Far Cry.

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(Ch)oral Argument from SOUND FROM THE BENCH (2014-2017)

Sound From The Bench by Ted Hearne
libretto by Jena Osman
mvt. 3: (Ch)oral Argument

commissioned by The Crossing (Donald Nally, artistic director) and Volti (Robert Geary, artistic director)
performed by The Crossing

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles November 7 2008 | By Ted Hearne
It’s Showtime!

Today, the Minnesota Orchestra will play our music in concert, and you're invited. We'll be webcast on Minnesota Public Radio at 8 p.m. central time.

Articles November 5 2008 | By Ted Hearne
Neatness Counts: Bucking Trends in Orchestra Notation

The standardization of orchestral and notational practice can, if a composer isn't careful, hold back musical creativity.

Articles November 3 2008 | By Ted Hearne
Hello, My Name Is: Harnessing the Composer Network

A large part of this whole program is about relating to those who are presenting or hearing your music in a positive way, and learning how to benefit yourself through...

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