The Crossing | Sound from the Bench (2017)

The Crossing | Sound from the Bench (2017)

Sound from the Bench | Cantaloupe Music
Released March 2017

performed by The Crossing (Donald Nally, conductor)
with Taylor Levine and James Moore, electric guitar
and Ron Wiltrout, drums
Produced by Nick Tipp

The four featured works on this album are, in the words of Donald Nally (Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s miraculously talented contemporary music chamber choir, The Crossing), “fundamentally about asking questions—questions about the world we live in, about art, and about language and music." I have never worked with a choir who understands me like The Crossing does, and together we worked to bring that synergy to life with this record. 

This album features four of my choral works:
Sound from the Bench
Consent
Ripple
Privilege


Album art by Seth Gadsden
Listen to (and purchase) the entire album here

 

 

 

from our recording sessions with The Crossing at Morningstar Studios outside Philly

Hearne’s virtuosic and hauntingly beautiful musical settings entice, repulse, and surprise in turns, as he interweaves texts from the Iraq War Logs (Ripple), Bill Moyer’s 2009 interview with The Wire creator David Simon (Privilege), the 2013 case of rape by high school students in Steubenville, Ohio (Consent), and the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision (Sound from the Bench). The latter is, according to Hearne,  “a reaction to Jena Osman's incredible book Corporate Relations, a collection of poems that follows the historical trajectory of corporate personhood in the United States. The five movements combine language taken from landmark Supreme Court Cases with words from ventriloquism textbooks. I strive toward a similar polyphony of oppositional voices and perspectives in my music, and to bring the chaotic forces of life into the work itself. It was this impulse, and the unabashedly political tone of Osman's poetry, that made me want to set some part of Corporate Relations to music.”

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Hearne’s Sound from the Bench, which comes out this week on the Cantaloupe label, represents a breakthrough, having been produced almost in the manner of a pop album, in a recording studio rather than in a church with microphones. The barely controlled chaos of Hearne’s opening moments take on a more revealing sense of control than chaos in a piece that explores how the U.S. judicial system has increasingly granted corporations power over an unsuspecting human population.

The church acoustic in which the piece was first heard inevitably had a homogenizing effect on Hearne’s poly-stylistic richness, whose words are set to harmonies that sound like an ironic version of the Beach Boys one minute and strident hellish voices in another... On the recording produced by Nick Tipp, guitars make perfect sense.
— David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sound from the Bench lays bare rape culture, Citizens United, military-sanctioned murder, and white privilege … somehow fusing entertainment and bewilderment, beauty and hideousness in a sonic space in which it is safe to laugh, cry, foam at the mouth and rejoice … all within an hour.
— Doyle Armbrust, WQXR

Sound from the Bench is Q2's album of the week for the week of April 17, 2017


Jasper String Quartet | Unbound

Jasper String Quartet | Unbound

Unbound | New Amsterdam Records/Sono Luminus (2017)

The Jasper String Quartet performs:
"Valencia" by Caroline Shaw
"Death Valley Junction" by Missy Mazzoli
"The Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon" by Annie Gosfield
"Four on the Floor" by Judd Greenstein
"Almost All the Time" by David Lang
"Pushpulling" by Donnacha Dennehy
"Excerpts from the Middle of Something" (from "Law of Mosaics") by Ted Hearne
 

 

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Francesca Anderegg | Wild Cities (2016)

Francesca Anderegg | Wild Cities (2016)

Wild Cities | Francesca Anderegg and Brent Funderburk | New Focus Recordings

Violinist Francesca Andegegg and pianist Brent Funderburk perform:
"Remix" by Ryan Anthony Francis
"Adjoining" by Hannah Lash
"On the Road" by Clint Needham
"Nobody's" by Ted Hearne
"Imagined Archipelagos" by Reinaldo Moya

“...a refreshingly optimistic sense of the future, full of adventure and possibility...”
— Second Inversion

“...a fabulous record...a spellbinding, twisting, intoxicating 49 minutes of incendiary violin...”
— Classical Nowhere

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eighth blackbird | HAND EYE (2016)

eighth blackbird | HAND EYE (2016)

This album is a collaboration between the six composers of Sleeping Giant (Rob Honstein, Chris Cerrone, Timo Andres, Andrew Norman, Jacob Cooper and myself) and the six musicians of eighth blackbird.

THE SOURCE  (2015)

THE SOURCE (2015)


THE SOURCE  |  Ted Hearne  |  New Amsterdam Records, 2015

Music by Ted Hearne
Text culled from various sources by Mark Doten

vocalists:
Ted Hearne
Mellissa Hughes
Samia Mounts
Isaiah Robinson
Jonathan Woody

band:
Courtney Orlando, violin
Anne Lanzilotti; viola
Leah Coloff, cello
Taylor Levine, guitar
Greg Chudzik, bass
Ron Wiltrout, drums
Nathan Koci, music director

more info on The Source here.

video by Daniel Fish, Juliet Lashinsky-Revene and Jim Findlay

album art by Seth Gadsden

album art by Seth Gadsden

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...some of the most expressive socially engaged music in recent memory — from any genre.
— Pitchfork
It is a refutation of literal meaning, an assault on sense. It evokes our time, the age of atomized digitized information, more potently than any piece of music I’ve heard, and in its volatile nonsensicality, it brings us the sound of a once-promising composer in the act of becoming a major one.
— The Nation

Red Light New Music | BARBARY COAST (2015)

Red Light New Music | BARBARY COAST (2015)

BARBARY COAST |  Red Light New Music  |  New Focus Recordings, 2015

Red Light Ensemble performs
"Cirques" by Vincent Raikhel
"Chamber Concerto" by Liam Robinson
"The Night Mare" by Chris Cerrone
"Crispy Gentlemen" by Ted Hearne
"Brontal No. 3" by Scott Wollschleger

John Popham, cello
Yegor Shevtsov, piano
Kevin Sims, percussion
Christa van Alstine, clarinets
Erin Wight, viola
Roberta Michel, flute
Esther Noh, violin
conducted by Ted Hearne

REVIEW by Ethan Iverson, "Do the Math"

SOME PHOTOS from the old days of Red Light (fond memories there):

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R WE WHO R WE (2013)

R WE WHO R WE (2013)

R WE WHO R WE | New Focus Recordings (2013)

Music by Ted Hearne and Philip White

Our debut album offers a noisy take on songs from the pop landscape. More about the project here. 

Review from Time Out Chicago:
"Listening to Ted Hearne and Philip White's R WE WHO R WE is a bit like attempting to force the beaters of electric hand mixer through one's nostrils and into the brain, then flipping the power on... and this is an unequivocally good thing."   READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE.

album art by Seth Gadsden

album art by Seth Gadsden

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THE LAW OF MOSAICS (2014)

THE LAW OF MOSAICS (2014)

THE LAW OF MOSAICS | Crier Records (2014)

A Far Cry performs
"The Companion Guide To Rome" (2010) by Andrew Norman

"Law of Mosaics" (2013) by Ted Hearne

REVIEWS:
Alex Ross, The New Yorker
<Notable Recordings of 2014>

Textura (review)
 

"Climactic moments from Adagio for Strings and The Four Seasons, slowed down and layered on top of one another" from LAW OF MOSAICS (2013) by Ted Hearne

album art by Rachel Perry Welty

Katrina Ballads (2010)

Katrina Ballads (2010)

Katrina Ballads | New Amsterdam, 2010

Music by Ted Hearne

Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano
Isaiah Robinson, tenor
Allison Semmes, soprano
Anthony Turner, baritone
with Ted Hearne, tenor

Christopher Coletti, trumpet
Nathan Koci, horn
Kelli Kathman, flutes
Eileen Mack, clarinets
Batya MacAdam-Somer, violin
David Medine, viola
Jody Redhage, cello
David Hanlon, piano
Taylor Levine, electric guitar
Kris Saebo, electric bass
Ron Wiltrout, drums
conducted by Ted Hearne

film by Bill Morrison
"When we awoke, it was to that familiar phrase: New Orleans dodged a bullet" from KATRINA BALLADS by Ted Hearne


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Your Bad Self: Live At The Stone (2008)

Your Bad Self: Live At The Stone (2008)

Your Bad Self: Live At The Stone 2008 | Limited Edition

Music by Ted Hearne
includes Illuminating the Maze, Touch, We Didn't Know, Snowball, Wanderer, Last Man Standing, All the Things, Crib Dweller and Never Said Nothing; along with interludes by Ron Wiltrout, Nathan Koci and Bill Carson.

Featuring
Miki-Sophia Cloud - violin
Chris Coletti - trumpet/keyboard
Ted Hearne - piano/voice
Nathan Koci - horn/accordion/keyboard
Taylor Levine - electric guitar
Eileen Mack - clarinets
Ron Wiltrout - drums
Matthew Wright - trombone
with Bill Carson on vocals


album art by Nathan Koci

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Manorexia: The Mesopelagic Waters (2010)

Manorexia: The Mesopelagic Waters (2010)

Manorexia: The Mesopelagic Waters | Tzadik Records, 2010

Music by the brilliant and enigmatic composer J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus, Manorexia), featuring six arrangements for acoustic ensemble by Ted Hearne.

The tunes are played by David Cossin (percussion), David Broome (piano), Felix Fan (cello), Elena Moon Park (viola) and others, with Thirlwell himself on electronics.

Available on Tzadik Records.
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J.G. Thirlwell

J.G. Thirlwell

New Music Collective, Vol. 1 | 2007

New Music Collective, Vol. 1 | 2007

New Music Collective, Vol. 1 | 2007

New Music Collective, Charleston

featuring 23 by Ted Hearne - performed by Laura Ball, piano; David Heywood, flute; Nathan Koci, horn; Philip White, guitar; and Ron Wiltrout, drums

contact New Music Collective to purchase