eighth blackbird combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band, and the audacity of a storefront theater company. The Chicago-based, three-time Grammy-winning “super-musicians” (Los Angeles Times) entertain and provoke audiences across the country and around the world.
In addition to its longstanding and fruitful relationships as Ensemble in Residence at the University of Richmond and University of Chicago, in 2012 eighth blackbird commenced a three-year, Mellon Foundation-funded term as Ensemble in Residence at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. eighth blackbird also led extended, one-time residencies at University of Texas at Austin and the University of Maryland. Other highlights of the ensemble’s busy 2012/13 season included debuts with the Kansas City Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic and in Calgary, an extensive tour of Missouri, and a three-city tour of the Netherlands.
Last season also featured eagerly anticipated premieres of new works by Aaron Jay Kernis (the ethereal Pieces of Winter Sky), the National’s Bryce Dessner (a piece inspired by early American folk music), Dutch composer Mayke Nas (a fascinating theatrical exploration), Steve Mackey (music from his Grammy-winning Slide, written for the group) and Australian composer Brett Dean (the searing, intense Sextet).
A decade-long relationship with Chicago’s Cedille Records has produced six acclaimed recordings, including Meanwhile, which was released in September 2012. The ensemble has won three Grammy Awards, for the recordings strange imaginary animals and Lonely Motel: Music from Slide and Meanwhile.
eighth blackbird’s members hail from America’s Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, and Bay states, and Australia’s Sunshine State. There are four foodies, three beer snobs, and one exercise junkie. The name “eighth blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, aphoristic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1917). eighth blackbird is managed by David Lieberman Artists.
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Matthew Duvall endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, and Black Swamp Percussion Accessories.
Michael J. Maccaferri is a Rico Performing Artist and Clinician.
Lisa Kaplan is a Steinway Artist.
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