Ted Hearne is a composer, conductor and singer with sensibilities in experimental, rock, and traditional classical music. His Katrina Ballads was awarded the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize, and named one of the best classical albums of 2010 by Time Out Chicago and The Washington Post. Hearne’s diverse projects have paired him with electronic artists Philip White and J.G. Thirlwell, jazz musician Rene Marie, filmmaker Bill Morrison, and the French synthpop band M83, among others. He is a founding member of the composer collective Sleeping Giant, the leader of his independent rock project Delusion Story, and one half of the explosive electronic/vocal duo R WE WHO R WE. Hearne has recently conducted the Wet Ink Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Red Light New Music. Recent and upcoming commissions include works for Los Angeles Philharmonic, eighth blackbird, A Far Cry, European Contemporary Orchestra, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Albany Symphony, The Crossing and Ensemble Klang, and a new work for the Brooklyn Philharmonic and hiphop legend Erykah Badu. For more information visit www.tedhearne.com
Hearne’s piece that The Crossing will perform is entitled Ripple, and uses as its text a sentence from one of the 400,000 internal military cables known as the Iraq War Logs: “The marine from Post 7 was unable to determine the occupants of the vehicle due to the reflection of the sun coming off the windshield.” The occupants were a family of Iraqi civilians.