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eighth blackbird

Feb 07

Performance Dates

  • Sat Feb 07 2015 7:30 PM



eighth blackbird combines the virtuosity of a string quartet with the energy of a rock band and the audacity of a storefront theater company. The three-time Grammy-winning “super-musicians” (Los Angeles Times) make music full of ideas and surprises. With their program, Still in Motion, the ensemble takes audiences on a witty, mind-bending, and atmospheric musical road trip. The all-acoustic recital features works by an adventurous new breed of contemporary composers, including two indie musicians, The National’s Bryce Dessner and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, who prove that contemporary music is not just for a cerebral few. 

ProgramBryce Dessner: Murder BalladesSean Griffin: PattycakeRichard Reed Parry: Duo for Heart and BreathLee Hyla: WaveGabriella Smith: Number NineTom Johnson: Counting DuetsGyörgy Ligeti: Études (arr. for sextet)