The Creators: 8 Young Artists You Should Know

08/15/2012 4:00 AM |

Ted Hearne, Composer

The 30-year-old Chicago native is now settled in Brooklyn; he’s one of four young composers whose work will be featured, as world premieres, in the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s preview concert in October.

What neighborhood do you live in?
I live in Ft. Greene, and I love it more than any place I’ve ever lived.

How long have you been in NY?
I grew up in Chicago, and moved to New York when I was 18 to attend Manhattan School of Music. I’ve lived here ever since.

What’s the best venue where your work has been performed in NY?
My music has been played at Carnegie Hall a few times—and that was definitely a rush—but I have to say I was prouder to be a part of the opening concert at Issue Project Room’s new space in Downtown Brooklyn. Venues like Issue Project Room and Roulette are fearless promoters of new and experimental music, and are helping to make Brooklyn one of the most exciting places in the world to be a composer.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be? Dead?

I’d love to write some music for Audra McDonald someday. She’s such an incredibly versatile musician with a stunning instrument, and I really admire her sense of social responsibility—what it means to be an artist in the world today. She’s really got it all. If I had a time machine, I’d be trying to figure out a way to work with Merce Cunningham.

What’s next for you?
In 2012-13, I’ll have new pieces premiered by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and Boston’s A Far Cry, and I’m also working on a new vocal/theatrical piece about Bradley Manning.

4 Comment

  • Very cool article, but maybe changing the title to 8 young “musicians” you should know, + one theater troupe and one playwright.

    Using the term “artist” as a blanket term for anyone who makes anything more complex than a monkey wrench is both misleading and alienating to painters, typographers, sculptors, draftsmen etc. Yes, art is everywhere, and anyone can create art… but not everyone is an artist. As an illustrator and animator myself, I was expecting to see artists. Bit of a let down.

    Cool none the less though

  • Nice piece! Though many of these artists are not “young.” It’s great to feature all of them but it drives me a bit batty the way that youth obsession works in arts media. I write this as a 44 year old who is often described as a “young artist.” I’m not. 44 is really not young. I feel the media wants to make its readership excited about something interesting and fresh, so we must then be perpetually young? It’s also a disservice to artists who are actually young – the 25 and unders who don’t get enough of the spotlight because those of us who’ve been working for 25 years keep getting ink as “the new young things.” It’s bonkers.

  • The near-absence of artists of color on this list is disturbing.

  • In response to the above comments, you should check out my artist interview series — A Random Moment With — they’re all not young but I do include a diverse group. It’s an ongoing series so check back weekly!