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  • richardmitnick 3:11 PM on December 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Eighth Blackbird: “New Year, New Program in Big Sky, MT” 

    From Eighth Blackbird

    January 19, 7:30pm | Warren Miller Performing Arts Center

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    Our first concert of the new year will be in the gorgeous mountains of Big Sky, Montana. Join us on Saturday, January 19 at 7:30pm, for a program featuring music by Bryce Dessner, Jessie Marino, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Holly Harrison, and an old favorite by David Lang (super fun video included above), as well as a Blackbird Creative Lab-commissioned work by alumnus Viet Cuong.

    Tickets

    See the full article here .


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition


    Nathalie Joachim, flutes • Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets • Yvonne Lam, violin & viola •
    Nick Photinos, cello • Matthew Duvall, percussion • Lisa Kaplan, piano

    Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality….known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press).

    Eighth Blackbird’s mission—moving music forward through innovative performance, advocating for new music by living composers, and creating a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians —extends beyond recording and touring to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival, has held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of Chicago, and holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. The 2015-16 season featured a pioneering residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art: a living installation with open rehearsals, performances, guest artists, and public talks. In 2017, Eighth Blackbird launched its boldest initiative yet with the creation of Blackbird Creative Laboratory, a tuition-free, two-week summer workshop and performance festival for performers and composers in Ojai, CA.

    Eighth Blackbird’s members hail from the Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire and Bay states. The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, imagistic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents / And lucid, inescapable rhythms; / But I know, too, / That the blackbird is involved / In what I know.”

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 10:49 AM on November 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Eighth BLackbird, , Washington University Concert   

    From Eighth Blackbird: Washington University Concert 

    From Eighth Blackbird

    Friday, February 15, 2019
    at 7:30 PM

    560 Music Center
    560 Trinity Ave
    St. Louis, MO 63130

    $5—20
    Tickets

    Program

    Nina Shekhar: ice ‘n’ SPICE
    Angélica Negrón: Quimbombó
    Jon Holland: The Clarity of Cold Air
    Holly Harrison: Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup
    Jessie Marino: Rot Blau
    Viet Cuong: Electric Aroma
    Fjola Evans: Eroding
    Julius Eastman: Stay On It

    See the full article here .


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition


    Nathalie Joachim, flutes • Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets • Yvonne Lam, violin & viola •
    Nick Photinos, cello • Matthew Duvall, percussion • Lisa Kaplan, piano

    Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality….known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press).

    Eighth Blackbird’s mission—moving music forward through innovative performance, advocating for new music by living composers, and creating a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians —extends beyond recording and touring to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival, has held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of Chicago, and holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. The 2015-16 season featured a pioneering residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art: a living installation with open rehearsals, performances, guest artists, and public talks. In 2017, Eighth Blackbird launched its boldest initiative yet with the creation of Blackbird Creative Laboratory, a tuition-free, two-week summer workshop and performance festival for performers and composers in Ojai, CA.

    Eighth Blackbird’s members hail from the Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire and Bay states. The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, imagistic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents / And lucid, inescapable rhythms; / But I know, too, / That the blackbird is involved / In what I know.”

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 11:31 AM on October 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Eighth BLackbird, Jennifer Higdon's On a Wire with Eugene Symphony, Missouri, , Next stops, Olagón at Open Spaces Kansas City, Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, Virginia and Oregon   

    From Eighth Blackbird: “Next stops, Missouri, Virginia and Oregon” 

    From Eighth Blackbird

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    Eighth Blackbird with Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Soirée Cedille. Photo by Elliot Mandel.

    As you can see from the photo above, Eighth Blackbird is all smiles here in Chicago-land. It was an incredible honor to meet and perform in front of Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month, as we celebrated Cedille Records at the annual Soirée Cedille. Among the projects funded that evening? Our next Cedille release, composition as explanation, a new evening-length work by David Lang featuring text by Gertrude Stein and commissioned by The Arts Club of Chicago on the occasion of its centennial. Thank you to everyone who donated, and to Cedille for continuing to help Chicago artists thrive!

    Next month, we pack our bags and hit the road. Read on to see when and where you can catch us performing live. First stops: Missouri, Virginia and Oregon! And don’t worry: our violinist, Yvonne Lam, though not pictured here, will be back from maternity leave any day now to head out on tour with us. Hopefully she’s not too mad that we met the Notorious RBG without her…!

    Olagón at Open Spaces Kansas City
    October 17, 7:30pm | The Folly Theater

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    https://www.olagon.org/
    We’re remounting last season’s centerpiece “Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak” on October 17 for the inaugural Open Spaces Kansas City at the The Folly Theater. Featuring Irish sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and composer/fiddler Dan Trueman with text by Paul Muldoon, in an evening-length re-imagination of the legendary Irish tale “Táin Bó Cúailnge” directed by Mark DeChiazza. Save the date, and get your tickets today!

    Buy tickets

    Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival
    November 2-3 | University of Richmond

    We’ll kick off our education residencies for the season by returning to the University of Richmond, where we have an ongoing ensemble-in-residence position. In addition to coachings, lessons and classes with the students, we’ll perform as part of the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival.


    Kotoka Suzuki – In Praise of Shadows // Eighth Blackbird
    Sep 17, 2018
    “In Praise of Shadows” for three paper players and electronics by Kotoka Suzuki. Performance by Eighth Blackbird at Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, Richmond VA on November 5, 2016. Natalie Joachim, Michael J. Maccaferri & Nick Photinos.

    Jennifer Higdon’s On a Wire with Eugene Symphony
    November 15, 7:30pm | Hult Center for the Performing Arts

    We’re having so much fun working Jennifer Higdon’s incredible concerto On a Wire back up for our upcoming performance with the Eugene Symphony. On November 15 at 7:30pm, we’ll take the stage at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts to present the “showy, exuberant, beautifully crafted ” work. Save the date and buy your tickets today.

    Jennifer Higdon and her cat, Beau by Candace diCarlo

    Buy tickets

    Upcoming + Newsworthy

    Oct 5 // Nick Photinos at Chamber Music at Bethany // Chicago, IL
    Oct 17 // Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak // Kansas City, MO
    Oct 18-20 // Matthew Duvall’s Transient Landscapes // Sarasota, FL
    Oct 29-Nov 3 // University of Richmond Residency // Richmond, VA
    Nov 2-3 // Third Practice Festival // Richmond, VA
    Nov 8-10 // Nick Photinos at Electroacoustic Barn Dance // Jacksonville, FL
    Nov 15 // Higdon’s On a Wire with Eugene Symphony // Eugene, OR

    See the full article here .


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    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition


    Nathalie Joachim, flutes • Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets • Yvonne Lam, violin & viola •
    Nick Photinos, cello • Matthew Duvall, percussion • Lisa Kaplan, piano

    Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality….known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press).

    Eighth Blackbird’s mission—moving music forward through innovative performance, advocating for new music by living composers, and creating a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians —extends beyond recording and touring to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival, has held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of Chicago, and holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. The 2015-16 season featured a pioneering residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art: a living installation with open rehearsals, performances, guest artists, and public talks. In 2017, Eighth Blackbird launched its boldest initiative yet with the creation of Blackbird Creative Laboratory, a tuition-free, two-week summer workshop and performance festival for performers and composers in Ojai, CA.

    Eighth Blackbird’s members hail from the Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire and Bay states. The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, imagistic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents / And lucid, inescapable rhythms; / But I know, too, / That the blackbird is involved / In what I know.”

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 1:25 PM on September 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Civitas Ensemble, Eighth BLackbird, , Soiree Cedille 2018   

    From Eighth Blackbird: “Soiree Cedille 2018” 

    From Eighth Blackbird

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    Sunday, September 16
    4:00 pm
    Reception ● Concert ● Dinner with Artists
    Venue SIX10 at the Spertus Institute
    610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
    Featured Musical Performances by:

    Eighth Blackbird and

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    Civitas Ensemble from Chicago Tribune

    Martin D. Ginsburg Award
    presented to Kathleen Peratis
    by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    with special performance by Patrice Michaels and Kuang-Hao Huang
    of Marty’s song (“On Working Together”) from Notorious RBG in Song

    Musical Partnership Award
    presented to Chicago Sinfonietta

    Your support helps Cedille record, produce, and promote the work of Chicago’s finest classical musicians

    See the full article for support options.

    See the full article here .


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition


    Nathalie Joachim, flutes • Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets • Yvonne Lam, violin & viola •
    Nick Photinos, cello • Matthew Duvall, percussion • Lisa Kaplan, piano

    Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality….known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press).

    Eighth Blackbird’s mission—moving music forward through innovative performance, advocating for new music by living composers, and creating a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians —extends beyond recording and touring to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival, has held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of Chicago, and holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. The 2015-16 season featured a pioneering residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art: a living installation with open rehearsals, performances, guest artists, and public talks. In 2017, Eighth Blackbird launched its boldest initiative yet with the creation of Blackbird Creative Laboratory, a tuition-free, two-week summer workshop and performance festival for performers and composers in Ojai, CA.

    Eighth Blackbird’s members hail from the Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire and Bay states. The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, imagistic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents / And lucid, inescapable rhythms; / But I know, too, / That the blackbird is involved / In what I know.”

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 3:54 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Eighth Blackbird: “Performance of the Year” 

    From Eighth Blackbird

    Australian Music Centre

    Eighth Blackbird by Interlochen Public Radio

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    Time for the final Award for 2018: Performance of the Year. It goes all the way to Chicago, to Eighth Blackbird, for their performance of Holly Harrison’s ‘Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup’. The group toured Australia for Musica Viva Australia last year with Harrison’s work in the program. #artmusicawards

    See the full article here .

    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition


    Nathalie Joachim, flutes • Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets • Yvonne Lam, violin & viola •
    Nick Photinos, cello • Matthew Duvall, percussion • Lisa Kaplan, piano

    Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality….known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press).

    Eighth Blackbird’s mission—moving music forward through innovative performance, advocating for new music by living composers, and creating a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians —extends beyond recording and touring to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival, has held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of Chicago, and holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. The 2015-16 season featured a pioneering residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art: a living installation with open rehearsals, performances, guest artists, and public talks. In 2017, Eighth Blackbird launched its boldest initiative yet with the creation of Blackbird Creative Laboratory, a tuition-free, two-week summer workshop and performance festival for performers and composers in Ojai, CA.

    Eighth Blackbird’s members hail from the Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire and Bay states. The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, imagistic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents / And lucid, inescapable rhythms; / But I know, too, / That the blackbird is involved / In what I know.”

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 12:08 PM on August 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2018-19 Season Announcement, Eighth BLackbird,   

    From Eighth Blackbird: “Eighth Blackbird 2018-19 Season Announcement” 

    From Eighth Blackbird

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    Eighth Blackbird
    2018-19 Season Announcement

    Summer is winding down, but we’re gearing up for an adventurous new season of concerts, residencies and more. Rehearsals are now underway for our 2018-19 tour, which includes stops from our home state of Illinois to bella Italia. This year’s programs bring back old favorites like Jennifer Higdon’s dynamic concerto On a Wire with the Eugene Symphony, and last season’s centerpiece Olagón with Iarla Ó Lionáird for Kansas City’s Open Spaces Festival; new programs featuring work by Blackbird Creative Lab alums Nina Shekhar and Viet Cuong; the world premiere of a new piece by electroacoustic icon Pamela Z on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight Festival; and vibrant educational work through continued residencies at the University of Richmond, UNCSA and more.

    We’re still adding dates to this schedule, so keep an eye open for events that you can catch in a town near you. And don’t hesitate to get your tickets now!

    Buy tickets

    See the full article here .


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition


    Nathalie Joachim, flutes • Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets • Yvonne Lam, violin & viola •
    Nick Photinos, cello • Matthew Duvall, percussion • Lisa Kaplan, piano

    Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality….known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press).

    Eighth Blackbird’s mission—moving music forward through innovative performance, advocating for new music by living composers, and creating a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians —extends beyond recording and touring to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival, has held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of Chicago, and holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. The 2015-16 season featured a pioneering residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art: a living installation with open rehearsals, performances, guest artists, and public talks. In 2017, Eighth Blackbird launched its boldest initiative yet with the creation of Blackbird Creative Laboratory, a tuition-free, two-week summer workshop and performance festival for performers and composers in Ojai, CA.

    Eighth Blackbird’s members hail from the Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire and Bay states. The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, imagistic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents / And lucid, inescapable rhythms; / But I know, too, / That the blackbird is involved / In what I know.”

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 4:49 PM on June 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From NEWMUSICUSA: “Blackbird Creative Lab Concert I” 

    From NEWMUSICUSA

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    Friday, June 22, 2018
    at 7:30 PM

    Zalk Theater, Besant Hill School
    8585 Ojai Rd
    Ojai, CA 93023

    $25

    Tickets

    Blackbird Creative Lab is a tuition-free, two-week immersive experience that combines the idyllic seclusion of an artist retreat, the intense camaraderie of a chamber music intensive, and the practical skills of a leadership program. Located on the bucolic campus of the Besant Hill School in the Ojai Valley, of California, 24 performing artists and six composers from around the world gather each summer to develop and realize their own dream projects in addition to exploring and performing works written for The Lab. Chicago-based chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird are founders of The Lab, and its members serve as the program’s core instrumental faculty.

    Eighth Blackbird . No image credit found

    Utilizing their signature learn-by-doing approach, Eighth Blackbird coaches and mentors while playing alongside the fellows, who also benefit from the guidance of two composers and one multidisciplinary artist on faculty. Augmenting the faculty is a diverse array of visiting guest artists who give seminars on topics ranging from Carnatic rhythm to public speaking. This unprecedented new program is designed to inspire, empower and equip the next generation of artists to become provocateurs and leaders of their communities.

    This concert will premiere work commissioned for the Lab, as well as performances from this year’s Lab fellows. 2018 composer fellows: Nick Benavides, Oliver Lewin, Gemma Peacocke, Nina Shehkar, Liza Sobel, and Annika Socolofsky.

    The Blackbird Creative Lab is supported in part by the Colburn Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit http://www.arts.gov.

    See the full article here .


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    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    At NEWMUSICUSA we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

    As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

    We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

    New Music USA is part of an international community of advocates for the arts. We’re members of the Performing Arts Alliance, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Those partnerships help us represent the interests of our constituents at every level.

    No matter how far ranging our networks, our focus is always solidly on what brings these many constituents and communities together in the first place: the music. When someone uses our platform to listen to something new, recommend a favorite to a friend, or to seek financial assistance or information to support the creation or performance of new work, the whole community is strengthened. Together we’re helping new music reach new ears every day.
    Our Vision

    We envision in the United States a thriving, interconnected new music community that is available to and impactful for a broad constituency of people.
    Our Mission

    New Music USA supports and promotes new music created in the United States. We use the power of virtual networks and people to foster connection, deepen knowledge, encourage appreciation, and provide financial support for a diverse constituency of practitioners and appreciators, both within the United States and beyond.
    Our Values

    We believe in the fundamental importance of creative artists and their work.
    We espouse a broad, inclusive understanding of the term “new music.”
    We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equitable treatment in all of our activity and across our nation’s broadly diverse population in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 11:42 AM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Eighth Blackbird: “Blackbird Creative Lab Showcase Concerts” 

    From Eighth Blackbird

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    June 22-23, 7:30pm | Zalk Theater at Besant Hill School | Ojai, CA

    The 2018 Blackbird Creative Lab is now in session, and we’re all settled into our idyllic setting at the Besant Hill School in Ojai, CA! Want to know what we’ve been up to so far? Keep up with the latest on our blog!

    We are excitedly working towards our Blackbird Creative Lab showcase concerts, which will feature new works by our composition fellows, commissioned by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting, and exciting presentations by the members of Eighth Blackbird alongside our talented performance fellows. Join us on June 22-23 at 7:30pm in Zalk Theater at the Besant Hill School for two unique concert programs. Use code FAFA for 50% off tickets today!

    Tickets

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    See the full article here .


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition


    Nathalie Joachim, flutes • Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets • Yvonne Lam, violin & viola •
    Nick Photinos, cello • Matthew Duvall, percussion • Lisa Kaplan, piano

    Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality….known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press).

    Eighth Blackbird’s mission—moving music forward through innovative performance, advocating for new music by living composers, and creating a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians —extends beyond recording and touring to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival, has held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of Chicago, and holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. The 2015-16 season featured a pioneering residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art: a living installation with open rehearsals, performances, guest artists, and public talks. In 2017, Eighth Blackbird launched its boldest initiative yet with the creation of Blackbird Creative Laboratory, a tuition-free, two-week summer workshop and performance festival for performers and composers in Ojai, CA.

    Eighth Blackbird’s members hail from the Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire and Bay states. The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, imagistic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents / And lucid, inescapable rhythms; / But I know, too, / That the blackbird is involved / In what I know.”

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 8:59 PM on May 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Eighth BLackbird, Eighth Blackbird's 2018 Gala,   

    From Eighth Blackbird: “Eighth Blackbird’s 2018 Gala” 

    From Eighth Blackbird

    Eighth Blackbird’s 2018 Gala
    May 15 | 6-10pm | The Ivy Room

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    Join us on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 for Eighth Blackbird’s Gala at The Ivy Room in River North, formerly known as Chicago’s historic Tree Studios. RSVPs are being taken until Thursday, May 10th at noon, so get your tickets today for a fabulous evening including:

    A dynamic concert by Eighth Blackbird.
    Two signature drinks co-designed by Nick Photinos and CH Distillery.
    A live auction of exclusive items.
    A special appearance by 2018 Blackbird Creative Lab fellows ~NOIS saxophone quartet, and other Lab alum surprises.

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    Bienen School graduate saxophone quartet ~Nois has been awarded second prize in the open division of the 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition. As a second place laureate, the quartet received an $8,000 award.

    Quartet members include doctoral student Brandon Quarles (G17) and master’s students Hunter Bockes, Janos Csontos and Jordan Lulloff. All are students of associate professor Taimur Sullivan.

    Single Tickets: $250 per person
    Single tickets
    Tables of Ten: $2500 and up
    Table Sponsership Information

    For more information, contact Deirdre Harrison, Chief Operating Officer at
    deirdre.harrison@eighthblackbird.org or 773.793.8096

    See the full article here .


    Nathalie Joachim, flutes • Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets • Yvonne Lam, violin & viola •
    Nick Photinos, cello • Matthew Duvall, percussion • Lisa Kaplan, piano

    Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality….known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press).

    Eighth Blackbird’s mission—moving music forward through innovative performance, advocating for new music by living composers, and creating a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians —extends beyond recording and touring to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival, has held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of Chicago, and holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. The 2015-16 season featured a pioneering residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art: a living installation with open rehearsals, performances, guest artists, and public talks. In 2017, Eighth Blackbird launched its boldest initiative yet with the creation of Blackbird Creative Laboratory, a tuition-free, two-week summer workshop and performance festival for performers and composers in Ojai, CA.

    Eighth Blackbird’s members hail from the Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire and Bay states. The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, imagistic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents / And lucid, inescapable rhythms; / But I know, too, / That the blackbird is involved / In what I know.”

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 10:35 AM on April 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Eighth BLackbird, Introducing the 2018 Blackbird Creative Lab Fellows,   

    From Eighth Blackbird: “Introducing the 2018 Blackbird Creative Lab Fellows” 

    Eighth Blackbird

    Introducing the 2018 Blackbird Creative Lab Fellows

    Eighth Blackbird is pleased to announce that 30 artists have been selected to receive Fellowships to the Blackbird Creative Lab, a two-week summer training program taking place June 11 – 23 at the Besant Hill School in Ojai, California. The Fellows include fourteen performers, six composers, three ensembles, and the program’s first video artist. This is the second cohort of Lab fellows, joining a vibrant network of alumni from the program’s inaugural year.

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    Chosen from a talented pool of international applicants, the 30 Fellows will attend tuition-free, inclusive of room and board, made possible in part by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation and The Colburn Foundation. The 2018 Fellows hail from Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and are a diverse group selected for their talent, technical proficiency, personality, curiosity and creativity. The fellows each had a chance to react to their acceptance, and their excitement to attend The Lab is palpable. Meet them all in the following video:

    In addition to Eighth Blackbird, this year’s Blackbird Creative Lab faculty includes returning composer Jennifer Higdon joined by Nico Muhly, and choreographer Ros Warby. During the session, a stellar array of guest artists will rotate through The Lab: curator Kristy Edmunds, performance psychologist Dana Putnam Fonteneau, visual artist Ann Hamilton, producer Tom Morris of the Ojai Music Festival, and singer/songwriter Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond) has stepped in as a replacement for violist Nadia Sirota.

    With this roster of distinguished artists, Lab Fellows will participate in a learn-by-doing, exploratory process of creating new work – one that integrates the essential skills required for success in the field today. These include developing a performance aesthetic, nurturing one’s curatorial vision, and building an entrepreneurial foundation. With this inclusive training, the Fellows will be poised to embark on their own paths as provocateurs and visionaries in the arts.

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    The Blackbird Creative Lab will culminate in a pair of concerts, June 22 and 23 (7:30 pm) at the Besant Hill School’s Zalk Theater. These will be open to the public, giving audiences a chance to experience the fruits of the two-week session, and offering the Fellows an opportunity to test their work in live performance. Mark your calendars, and visit blackbirdcreativelab.org/events for more information.

    See the full article here .


    Nathalie Joachim, flutes • Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets • Yvonne Lam, violin & viola •
    Nick Photinos, cello • Matthew Duvall, percussion • Lisa Kaplan, piano

    Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality….known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press).

    Eighth Blackbird’s mission—moving music forward through innovative performance, advocating for new music by living composers, and creating a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians —extends beyond recording and touring to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival, has held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of Chicago, and holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. The 2015-16 season featured a pioneering residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art: a living installation with open rehearsals, performances, guest artists, and public talks. In 2017, Eighth Blackbird launched its boldest initiative yet with the creation of Blackbird Creative Laboratory, a tuition-free, two-week summer workshop and performance festival for performers and composers in Ojai, CA.

    Eighth Blackbird’s members hail from the Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire and Bay states. The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, imagistic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents / And lucid, inescapable rhythms; / But I know, too, / That the blackbird is involved / In what I know.”

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
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