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eighth blackbird c. Luke RatrayCutting-edge contemporary chamber music

Chicago-based musical sextet eighth blackbird is at the forefront of contemporary chamber music in America. The three-time Grammy award-winning group endeavors to take on the most interesting music of our time. Transcending traditional chamber music, eighth blackbird combines flute, clarinet, strings, piano, and percussion in irreverent, dynamic and engaging performances.

For their Page Series concert, these “super musicians” (Los Angeles Times) perform Hand Eye, a work from superstar composer sextet Sleeping Giant which was recently commissioned for the ensemble. Hand Eye transports us to a soul-studded jam session (Ted Hearne), the buzzing contagion of an internet meme (Andrew Norman), a high-velocity adventure ride (Robert Honstein), a shimmering yet blinding landscape (Christopher Cerrone), the flickering and pulsing of ink on paper (Timo Andres), and a warm but tattered beauty (Jacob Cooper).

Hand Eye was commissioned by the Stuart and Maxine Frankel Foundation for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and co-commissioned
by Carnegie Hall.

“The blackbirds are examples of a new breed of super-musicians.”
—Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times (2009)

“Stage animals as well as outstanding chamber players, eighth blackbird perform with a freedom almost unheard of in their technically demanding repertoire.”
The Sunday Telegraph (2009)

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Review: “Inspired dialogue: ‘Hand Eye’ translates visual art into music” »


AM_color_smThis presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.

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