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"smoke when bird nears" by Ted Hearne at the National Sawdust [NYC]

  • National Sawdust 80 N 6th Street Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States (map)


Nov 1, 2015 • 4:00pm/doors 3:30

Join Ted Hearne to celebrate the album release of his density-driven oratorio The Source on New Amsterdam Records. Hailed as a “masterpiece” by The Nation and a “beautiful, sad, altogether crucial reflection of our time” by The New York Times, The Source explores the life and story of U.S. Army Private Chelsea Manning, and the content and implications of the hundreds of thousands of classified military documents she infamously leaked to WikiLeaks. Like Hearne’s previous release for New Amsterdam, the widely hailed Katrina Ballads, The Source draws on a litany of primary source texts (stitched together by librettist Mark Doten) – including Twitter feeds, cable news interviews, chat transcripts and declassified military reports.

The event will feature a new arrangement of several pieces from the album as well as a discussion with Hearne and the artists behind the work, moderated by David Hajdu. There will also be a short opening set by Daniel Wohl.