20/21/22 Performance Season
Mixtape: Eighth Blackbird in Concert
Eighth Blackbird’s acoustic touring recital for the 2021/22 season is a continuation of Mixtape Vol.1, an evocative reflection during their 25th anniversary. Standing at a crossroads in their career, Eighth Blackbird brings a sense of nostalgia and personal connection to the stage, celebrating past highlights and glimpses of its future. The repertoire includes music from David T. Little and Ashely Fure.
Composition as Explanation
A new evening-length staged work by Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang directed by Jim Findlay, composition as explanation is a musicalization of Gertrude Stein’s iconic 1926 lecture, a love letter to repetition and plainspoken language
Singing in the Dead of Night
singing in the dead of night is a collaboration between Bang on a Can composers David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and seminal New York choreographer Susan Marshall. This fully staged theatrical production is full of sonic surprises and choreographic expression.
Eighth Blackbird commands the stage when collaborating with large ensembles. Three concertos written for Eighth Blackbird feature the ensemble in innovative ways: Viet Cuong’s Hammerspace with wind band, premiered December 2020 with the US Navy Band. A work with orchestra by the all-female composer collective Kinds of Kings, premiered with the Cincinnati Symphony in January 2021. And Jennifer Higdon’s groundbreaking On a Wire, premiered in 2010 and recorded with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Music for 18 Musicians with Third Coast Percussion
Grammy winners Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion team up for Steve Reich’s seminal work, Music for 18 Musicians. Also on the program is Reich’s Sextet featuring members of both ensembles.
Creative Lab Residency
The Blackbird Creative Lab, launched in 2017, mentors the rising next generation of composers and performers. Aspiring 21st Century musicians articulate and manifest their personal vision under the ensemble’s guidance, while developing extra-musical strategies for successfully building a career impacted by administrative, marketing and funding challenges as much as by artistic content. This is a residency fueled by Eighth Blackbird’s entrepreneurial spirit, veteran experience and dazzling artistry, presented in a dynamic and hands-on learning context.