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Inhabiting Place | In Collaboration: BRIC & BAM

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647 Fulton Street

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In conjunction with Place, part of the Next Wave Festival at the BAM Harvey Theater, Oct 11-13, 2018

How do we make sense of the place(s) where we live? What are the contortions we put ourselves through to justify ownership of places? What happens when the desire for expansion by some causes displacement for others? In Place, a modern-day oratorio, composer Ted Hearne brings personal questions of home and place-making in dialogue with a larger historical framework provided by spoken word artist Saul Williams. The two are joined in dialogue by moderator Brian Vines (BRIC TV’s Senior Correspondent) to explore how these questions manifest in Brooklyn, and how they were investigated in the upcoming production in BAM’s Next Wave Festival.


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Ted Hearne is a Los Angeles-based composer, singer, and bandleader noted for his “voracious curiosity” (NewMusicBox), “tough edge and wildness of spirit,” and “fresh and muscular” music (The New York Times), who “writes with…technical assurance and imaginative scope” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New York Times included The Source (2014 NWF) on its list of the best classical vocal performances of 2014, and (along with The New Yorker and The Nation) one of the best albums of 2015. Law of Mosaics for string orchestra was performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony and was named one of The New Yorker’s most notable albums of 2014 by Alex Ross. Hearne performs with Philip White as the vocal-electronics duo R WE WHO R WE, belongs to the composer collective Sleeping Giant, and his most recent collaboration paired him with legendary musician Erykah Badu. Hearne is the recipient of the Gaudeamus Prize and the New Voices Residency from Boosey and Hawkes. He recently joined the composition faculty at the University of Southern California.

Saul Williams came to worldwide attention as a writer and performer with his debut film, SLAM (directed by Marc Levin), winning Sundance's Grand Jury Prize and Cannes Camera D'Or in 1998 and introducing the world to the phenomenon of slam poetry. As a musician his albums, which have featured genre-bending collaborations with producers Rick Rubin and Trent Reznor, ushered in Brooklyn's Afro-Punk movement. Williams has also collaborated with Swiss composer Thomas Kessler on two symphonies based on two books of his poems and has performed as a poet and performer in over 40 countries and hundreds of universities. In 2013, Williams became the first African-American to win best actor in the largest and oldest African film festival, FESPACO, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso for his work in the L'Etalon d'Or prize-winning film TEY (directed by Alain Gomis). He is currently working on a multimedia project in connection with his forthcoming graphic novel MartyrLoserKing.

Brian Vines is an Emmy Award winning journalist. After completing the Masters Program in Broadcast Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication, he fetched coffee for some of the most respected journalists and news figures in the world during his tenure at CNN. After a stint in political communications Brian fell in love with his own reflection and reported for here! networks, NYC-TV, and the Guardian US among others. Brian is currently the Chief Correspondent at BRIC TV where he moderates the #BHeard Town Hall series on social justice and hosts Going In With Brian Vines.



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