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Katrina Ballads

by Ted Hearne

from an article by Eric Berger, published December 1, 2001 in The Houston Chronicle
Pamela Davidson Ehlers, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
Hardy Jackson, resident of Biloxi, MS, as interviewed by ABC News
Interlude 1 01:42
speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert, interviewed by the Associated Press
Anderson Cooper interviews Louisiana senator Mary Landrieu on CNN
President George W. Bush, in Mobile, AL
Interlude 2 02:34
former first lady Barbara Bush, on NPR's Marketplace
Kanye West, on NBC's telethon for Katrina relief
17-year old resident of New Orleans Ashley Nelson, interviewed on APM's This American Life


Allan Kozinn of The New York Times compares the journalistic impetus of Katrina Ballads to the overtly political work of John Lennon, and found the 2010 performance at Le Poisson Rouge to have a “tough edge and a wildness of spirit that suited the music, and the subject.”

Time Out Chicago called Hearne’s interweaving of primary-source text and a multiplicity of musical styles “utterly convincing and musically compelling,” and All About Jazz claimed that the album “brings back all of the tragedy and all of the surrealism inherent in such an epic event.”

The album was named one of the best classical albums of 2010 by Time Out Chicago and The Washington Post, and was the winner of the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize.

Katrina Ballads was released in 2010 on New Amsterdam Records and can be purchased at katrinaballads.bandcamp.com


released August 1, 2010

Chris Coletti, trumpet
David Hanlon, piano
Kelli Kathman, flute/alto flute
Nathan Koci, horn
Taylor Levine, electric guitar
Eileen Mack, clarinet/bass clarinet
Batya MacAdam-Somer, violin
David Medine, viola
Jody Redhage, cello
Kris Saebo, electric bass
Ron Wiltrout, drums

Abby Fischer, mezzo-soprano
Isaiah Robinson, tenor
Allison Semmes, soprano
Anthony Turner, baritone

Ted Hearne, conductor/singer

produced by Lawson White
engineered by Todd Whitelock

album art by Liberty Straney




Ted Hearne Los Angeles, California

Ted Hearne is a composer, singer and bandleader.

The New York Times has praised. Hearne for his "tough edge and wildness of spirit," and "topical, politically sharp-edged works." Pitchfork called Hearne's work "some of the most expressive socially engaged music in recent memory -- from any genre." ... more

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