Composer Ted Hearne is known for tackling big social themes through his music. His modern classical works have put a spotlight on issues of race and justice, inequality, natural disasters and other social issues.
His latest work, a collaboration with the poet and musician Saul Williams, is called Place. It's 19 songs or movements combining jazz, indie rock, modern classical, electronica and spoken word — and it's described as a "rumination on gentrification."
"It's a buzzword," Hearne says, "and in a way, I've come to see it as a surface level problem for something much deeper."
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Ted Hearne's latest work, a theatrical production reckoning with gentrification and privilege, was commissioned by the LA Philharmonic and was supposed to premiere on the West Coast in late March. Instead, Place was released as an album. Composer Ted Hearne is known for tackling big social themes through his [...]