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Presented by the Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Odyssey Chamber Music Series
Concert: Friday, March 9, 7:00 pm, First Baptist Church
Concert Program: Fractured Jams
David Lang: these broken wings (2007)
Fractured Jams presents an absorbing, provocative and motley program. Philip Glass’s mesmerizing Music in Similar Motion contrasts with renowned French composer Bruno Mantovani's colorful new work for eighth blackbird, and Derek Bermel’s Tied Shifts is a wild Balkan romp.
Residency Activities (on the MU campus, free and open to the public):
eighth blackbird lives dangerously. The Chicago-based, Grammy Award-winning sextet combines the finesse of a string quartet with the energy of a rock band and the riskiness of a storefront theater company. Its musical aerobatics delight, provoke and entertain audiences around the world.
The lure of wet ink draws eighth blackbird into collaborations with a motley crew of composers, young and old, modernist and indie. Recent commissions include Steve Reich’s Double Sextet, Jennifer Higdon's On a Wire and Steve Mackey's Slide, and future collaborators include Amy Beth Kirsten, Brett Dean, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Luther Adams and Mayke Nas.
During the 2011/12 season eighth blackbird tours Australia twice, making debuts at the Sydney Opera House and the Brisbane Festival, and with the symphony orchestras of Melbourne and Tasmania. The ensemble plays in New York (SONiC festival), Kansas City, Ithaca and Princeton, and appears with the Cincinnati Symphony. Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire is presented at the Kennedy Center and the McAninch Arts Center. Chicago performances include a Reich-fest in Millennium Park, Composition Competition finals, a premiere by Nico Muhly, and a mini-festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
eighth blackbird holds ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence positions at the University of Richmond and University of Chicago, and has led short-term residencies at the Curtis Institute, Colburn School, University of Michigan, Oberlin College, Southern Methodist University and Rice University. A fruitful, ongoing relationship with Chicago's Cedille Records has produced four acclaimed recordings, including strange imaginary animals (2006), winner of two Grammy Awards. Lonely Motel: Music from Slide, eighth blackbird's newest disc, has been nominated for Grammys in four categories, including Best Small Ensemble Performance.
eighth blackbird's members hail from America's Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden and Bay states, and Australia's Sunshine State. There are four foodies, three beer snobs and one exercise junkie. The name "eighth blackbird" derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens's evocative, aphoristic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1917).
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For more information about eighth blackbird, see www.eighthblackbird.org.
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