Ted Hearne: The Source (CD)
Ted Hearne, composer, singer, and bandleader, wrote this modern day oratorio for seven musicians and four singers. The Source tells the life and story of the US Army Private who leaked thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning. Mark Doten, the librettist for this interesting and thought provoking work, brings together Twitter feeds, cable news reports, court testimonies, and declassified military videos to tell the story of Manning. Premiered at the BAM Next Wave Festival as a multimedia piece, The Source received rave reviews from the New York Times, NPR, Opera News, and more. Hearne says this work includes auto-tuned recitatives, neo-soul ballads, icy string trios and moments of cracked-out musical theater are peppered with (and sometimes structured around) samples that bridge sonic worlds. Beautiful, sad, altogether crucial reflection of our time.
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