“Some of the most expressive socially engaged music in recent memory—from any genre.” —Pitchfork
The lush, stingingly true poetry of Dorothea Lasky has inspired Los Angeles–based composer Ted Hearne’s new theatrical song cycle, igniting hearts and minds with ferocity and grace. With frank observations of the everyday intertwined with revelatory maneuverings of his own voice, Hearne’s smart mélange of traditional and contemporary tonalities has an accessible pop sheen. He is backed by a quintet of nationally in-demand musicians for this intimate 12-song suite that engages audiences in a complex loving meditation on the personal and the domestic, while savoring the depths of the wildness within. A real-time installation by conceptual artist Rachel Perry, with direction and lighting by Peabody Southwell, turns the music and poetry into a living, fruiting organism.
Program length: 75 minutes.
Copresented by the SPCO’s Liquid Music Series.
Ted Hearne, voice and electronics
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Taylor Levine, electric guitar
Nathan Koci, keyboards
Diana Wade, viola
Ron Wiltrout, drums