A composer, singer and bandleader, TED HEARNE (b. 1982, Chicago) provokes possibilities ranging across the entire terrain of music, creating a vibrant, personal and multi-dimensional voice. As comfortable in operatic and orchestral works as in rock and choral music, Hearne’s compositions are socially engaging, exploring the complexity of contemporary experience with visceral power and raw emotional beauty.
“No single artist embodies the post-genre Brooklyn scene, but Hearne may be its most zealous auteur.” The Los Angeles Times, April 2013.
His Katrina Ballads, a modern-day oratorio with a primary source libretto, offers a searing portrayal of the media’s take on Hurricane Katrina. Katrina Ballads was awarded the 2009 Gaudeamus International Composers Award from Music Center the Netherlands, and the recording, on New Amsterdam Records, was named one of the best classical albums of 2010 by Time Out Chicago and The Washington Post.
Ted’s music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Calder Quartet, The Knights, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Present Music, and New York City Opera, and heard at the MATA Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, Carlsbad Music Festival, New York City’s (le) Poisson Rouge and Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room. Stem was commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their 2013 Brooklyn Festival and Partition commissioned by the Yale Glee Club with the Yale Symphony Orchestra for its 150th Anniversary Gala at Carnegie Hall. Upcoming commissions include works for eighth blackbird, A Far Cry, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and Yarn/Wire. Volti recently released his unaccompanied choral work Privilege for its latest commercial release.
Ted is the artistic director of Yes is a World, resident conductor of Red Light New Music, and was for five years composer-in-residence of the Chicago Children’s Choir. He is in demand as a conductor of contemporary music and has recently worked in that capacity with the Wet Ink Ensemble and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Ted served as music director for the world premiere productions of theatrical works by David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Bryan Senti, and the American premieres of works by Enno Poppe, Tiziano Manca and Beat Furrer.
Ted received the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award in 2008 and 2012, and a commission from the Barlow Endowment in 2012. He was an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony in Fall 2009 and Chicago’s High Concept Laboratories in 2012, and has recently completed collaborations with composer J.G. Thirlwell, jazz musician René Marie, harpist/composer Zeena Parkins and renowned filmmaker Bill Morrison. Hearne’s most recent collaboration pairs him with hiphop legend Erykah Badu to create a new evening-length work for her to perform in June 2013 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
Ted is one-half of the explosive electronic/vocal duo R WE WHO R WE (with Philip White), the leader of his indie rock project Delusion Story, and a member of the six-person composer collective Sleeping Giant.
Ted attended Manhattan School of Music and Yale School of Music, and has studied with Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ezra Laderman, David Lang, Nils Vigeland and Julia Wolfe.