Ted Hearne - Katrina Ballads

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Release Date: August 31, 2010

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Katrina Ballads is New York composer Ted Hearne’s hour-long dramatic song cycle inspired by the tragic events surrounding Hurricane Katrina. This work uses entirely primary-source texts to paint a rich musical portrait of that devastating and telling week in September 2005. Setting the words of flood survivors, relief workers, politicians and celebrities, including Anderson Cooper, Barbara Bush, Kanye West, and George W. Bush’s iconic “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” Hearne creates a cutting-edge musical experience and a vivid look into America’s darkest hours. The music is rhythmic, theatrical, and American to the core, possessing an edgy post-minimalist drive and a deep jazz influence. It is a moving performance, challenging us to remember and reflect upon our own history.


Press and News:

WNYC Sound Check: In Studio: Ted Hearne’s Katrina Ballads

All About Jazz: ”Brings back all of the tragedy and all of the surrealism inherent in such an epic event.”

Time Out New York: Best of 2010 (Opera and Classical)

The Washington Post: Best Classical Albums of 2010

Time Out Chicago: 5 star review: “an act of artistic empathy…Hearne’s song cycle serves as an exquisitely written, if caustic, reminder of the inert and fatuous responses by government officials in the wake of the hurricane.”

Winner – 2009 Gaudeamus Composition Prize