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“[Hearne's music] holds up as a complex mirror image of an information-saturated, mass-surveillance world, and remains staggering in its impact.” —The New Yorker
The latest project from composer, singer, bandleader and two-time Grammy-nominated recording artist Ted Hearne, Dorothea is a kaleidoscopic, lushly explosive post-pop song cycle embodying the viscerally tender, pathos riddled, darkly funny poems of Dorothea Lasky with synth beats, rhapsodic textures and the heavenly vocals of “Los Angeles based polymath” electronic musician Eliza Bagg aka Lisel. Dorothea creates a new space, outside the classical concert hall, outside the dance hall, into the wild of our own beating hearts.
This live video premiere, created with videographer Carole Kim and creative consultant Daniel Fish, features the work and process of visual artist Rachel Perry.
Award-winning American poet Dorothea Lasky is the author of five collections of poetry and is co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (2013). Her poems have appeared in a number of prominent publications, including The New Yorker, Paris Review and American Poetry Review. Known for her colloquial, even slangy style and dramatic readings, Lasky acknowledges that “there is a kind of arrogance, a kind of supreme power, that when infused with a little real humility and expertise, makes a poem. Because the poem is always about the speaker.”
Music by Ted Hearne
Text by Dorothea Lasky
Ted Hearne, vocals
Eliza Bagg, vocals and synths
Nathan Koci, piano/keyboard
Ron Wiltrout, drums
Ayanna Woods, bass
Diana Wade, viola
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Lighting by Thomas Dunn
Sound design by Garth MacAleavey
Costume design by Marie Emma Galba
Dorothea was commissioned by Carnegie Hall, with additional commissioning support provided by SPCO Liquid Music Concert Series, Walker Art Center, and Linda and Stuart Nelson. Special thanks to Kate Nordstrum.
Funds provided by the Henry Mancini Tribute Fund.