the creative team
Composer, performer and bandleader TED HEARNE draws on a wide breadth of influences ranging across music’s full terrain, to create intense, personal and multi-dimensional works.
Hearne’s Katrina Ballads, a modern-day oratorio with a primary source libretto, was awarded the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize in composition and was named one of the best classical albums of 2010 by Time Out Chicago and The Washington Post. His most recent collaboration paired him with hiphop/soul icon Erykah Badu, for whom he wrote an evening-length work combining new music with arrangements of songs from her 2008 album New Amerykah: Part One. It was premiered by Badu and the Brooklyn Philharmonic in two sold-out performances at BAM.
Hearne is a member of the composer collective Sleeping Giant and performs/composes with Philip White as the vocal-electronics duo R WE WHO R WE. He serves on the composition faculty at the University of Southern California, and his forthcoming album of songs, Outlanders, will see release on New Amsterdam Records in Fall 2015. Upcoming commissions include works for the San Francisco Symphony, Flux Quartet, Roomful of Teeth, eighth blackbird and Yarn/Wire.
MARK DOTEN wrote the libretto for The Source.
Mark has had his writing appear in Conjunctions, Guernica, the Believer, and New York magazine. His first novel, The Infernal, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. He has an MFA from Columbia University and is the recipient of fellowships from Columbia and the MacDowell Colony. He was associate editor at the Huffington Post at the site's launch and is currently senior editor at Soho Press.
JESSE LEWIS is a three-time Grammy Award winning music producer and recording engineer, and the founder of the Immersive Music Project. He grew up in Seattle, WA playing trumpet and cello. Today, Jesse produces for some of the most adventurous music in the world, from groundbreaking classical music to specialized projects between genres and disciplines. He has collaborated with A Far Cry, Brooklyn Rider, Ethel, Jan Vogler, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, Roomful of Teeth, and the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, among others. The Immersive Music Project, which Jesse founded in 2013, aims to discover and develop new music formats and release channels by incorporating new technologies and designs into highly tactile new music experiences, both physical and digital. Jesse continues to play baroque and grunge cello in the city of Boston.
DANIEL FISH directed the premiere production of The Source, and (along with Jim Findlay) created the video design. Daniel works in theater, opera and film, and he draws on a broad range of forms and subject matter including plays, film scripts, contemporary fiction, essays and found audio. Recent work includes the film ETERNAL (Noorderzon Festival, Incubator Arts Project and The Public Theater’s UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL), and A (radically condensed and expanded) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I’LL NEVER DO AGAIN, based on audio recordings of David Foster Wallace (The Chocolate Factory). His work has been seen at theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe including, Opera Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater, American Repertory Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College,Yale Repertory Theater, McCarter Theater, Signature Theater, The Shakespeare Theater Company, The Juilliard School, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Staatstheater Braunschweig, and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Residencies and commissions include Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory, LMCC/ Governor's Island and The Bushwick Starr. He received his B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.
JIM FINDLAY, who did the scenic and co-video deign for the premiere performance of The Source, works across boundaries as a theater artist, visual artist, and film-maker. His most recent work includes his original performances Dream of the Red Chamber (2014) and Botanica (2012), the direction and design of David Lang's Whisper Opera for the Museum of Contemporary Art and Lincoln Center and the soon-to-be complete 3D film adaptation of Botanica. He was a founding member and collaborator in the Collapsable Giraffe and in partnership with Radiohole helped run the mythical and recently deceased Collapsable Hole from 2000-2013. In addition to his original works as an independent artist and with the Giraffe, he maintains a long career as a collaborator with many theater, performance and music groups including Aaron Landsman, the Wooster Group, Ridge Theater, Bang on a Can, Ralph Lemon, Stew and Heidi Rodewald and Accinosco/Cynthia Hopkins. His work has been seen at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BAM, Arena Stage, A.R.T. and over 50 cities worldwide including Berlin, Istanbul, London, Moscow, and Paris and the tiny theater he built in the home of David Lang and Suzanne Bocanegra. He has been awarded 3 Obies, 2 Bessies, 2 Princess Grace Awards, Lortel and Hewes Awards and residencies at MacDowell, UCross, MassMOCA and Mt Tremper Arts.
BETH MORRISON commissioned The Source and produced its premiere performance. Founded in 2006, her company Beth Morrison Projects encourages risk-taking, creating a structure for developing new work that is unique to each artist, giving them the time and space to experiment and push boundaries. Noted as a composers' producer, "Beth Morrison has been gathering strength for several years, producing some of the most exciting music-theater projects in the city." (The New Yorker) To date, the company has commissioned, developed and produced more than 30 premiere opera and music-theater works that have been performed around the globe. The New York Times recently said, "The production of new [opera] works in the city still falls mostly to the tireless Beth Morrison and her Beth Morrison Projects..." The Wall Street Journal wrote, "Ms. Morrison may be immortalized one day as a 21st-century Diaghilev, known for her ability to assemble memorable collaborations among artists." Current and upcoming projects include works by composers Darcy James Argue, Du Yun, Ted Hearne, David Lang, David T. Little, Zhou Long, Keeril Makan, Missy Mazzoli, Paola Prestini, Kamala Sankaram, Scott Wheeler, and with directors Julian Crouch, James Darrah, Rachel Distein, Daniel Fish, Yuval Sharon, and Robert Woodruff. Projects have been performed in American and international venues, including BAM, The Kitchen, PS 122, Lincoln Center, Walker Art Center, Barbican, Holland Festival, Operadagen Festival, Beijing Music Festival, New York Musical Theater Festival, and more.