Ted Hearne put on an elaborate performance of his album Katrina Ballads on Tuesday at LPR with a 12 piece ensemble, a beautiful stage set up and films by Bill Morrison. The performance was in celebration of the CD release of Katrina Ballads through New Amsterdam Records. Allan Kozinn at the New York Times reviewed (in case you missed it):
John Lennon used to say, during the period he was writing overtly political music, that his songs were a form of journalism. Ted Hearne, a composer who was born in 1982, two years after Lennon was killed, seemingly takes a similar view. He described his “Katrina Ballads” — an expansive song cycle about Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans, and the government’s inadequate response — as a “somewhat journalistic piece.”
Read the full review here.