Michael Hearst

Michael Marcus Hearst (born December 27, 1972, Virginia Beach, Virginia) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. His musical instruments include claviola, theremin, guitar, piano, drums and bass. He earned a degree in music composition from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995, where he studied under Dika Newlin. Hearst is a founding member of the eclectic musical group One Ring Zero, which started in Richmond, VA in 1997 and relocated to Brooklyn, NY in 2001. The group has released multiple albums since its formation. The albums are often programmatic and/or collaborative, such as the acclaimed As Smart As We Are, which consists of lyrics contributed by various authors including Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem, A.M. Homes, Neil Gaiman, Rick Moody and Dave Eggers; the book/cd The Recipe Project, which is a collection of recipes set to music and sung word for word in the musical style suggested by the chefs, including Mario Batali, Chris Cosentino, Andrea Reusing, David Chang, John Besh, Mark Kurlansky, Michael Symon, and Isa Chandra Moskowitz; and Planets, which is a collection of new compositions to represent the solar system and beyond.


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