Katrina Ballads

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Date(s) - 15/02/2018
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fremantle Arts Centre


Ted Hearne is an acclaimed young US composer reforming and reimagining contemporary American chamber-scale work. Katrina Ballads is inspired by the tragic devastation and the inept Federal Government response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, September 2005.

Hearne conducts and shares lead vocal roles with the superb American singer Isaiah Robinson, accompanied by a first-rate local chamber ensemble. Katrina Ballads is a vivid look at one of America’s darkest hours. Quoting the words of flood survivors, relief workers, politicians and celebrities, including President George W. Bush and Kanye West, Hearne creates a cutting-edge musical experience that is rhythmic, theatrical and American to the core, with an edgy post-minimalist drive and a deep jazz influence.

Katrina Ballads is accompanied by a haunting film by renowned filmmaker Bill Morrison that combines news clips and documentary footage into a visual world that is undulating, textured and resonates with the live music and vocal score.

“some of the most expressive socially engaged music in recent memory – from any genre.” – Pitchfork

Musicians include:
Ted Hearne (US) composer, conductor, vocalist
Isaiah Robinson (US) vocalist
Ron Wiltrout (US) drums

Katrina Ballads is presented as part of the 2018 Perth Festival.

Thu 15 Feb | 8pm | Doors 7:30pm | Fremantle Arts Centre | Tickets $49 Adults, $44 Concession & Friends of the Festival | Book now at https://www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/katrina-ballads/

Image: A man clings to the top of a vehicle before being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard from the flooded streets of New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in Louisiana September 4, 2005. Image copyright Reuters. Photography by Robert Galbraith

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