Web site: http://www.eighthblackbird.com
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Hailed as “friendly, unpretentious, idealistic and highly skilled” by the New Yorker, eighth blackbird is widely lauded for its unusual performing style – often playing from memory with virtuosic and theatrical flair – and its efforts to make new music accessible to wide audiences. Their CD strange imaginary animals won two Grammy Awards in 2008, including Best Chamber Music Performance. Highlights of eighth blackbird’s 2007-08 season include The Only Moving Thing, a program of new works by Steve Reich, David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe; new works by Stephen Hartke and Tamar Muskal; and the group’s debut at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and a return to the Kennedy Center. The group is in residence at DePauw University and the University of Michigan during the 2007-2008 season, in addition to ongoing residencies at the Universities of Richmond and Chicago. Highlights of past seasons have included performances in South Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, and throughout the United States. The group has won numerous competitions, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Concert Artists Guild Competition. eighth blackbird has been featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning and Bloomberg News and is represented by Opus 3 Artists.
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