Grammy buzz for In the Ivory

  Our recent collaboration with jazz bassist extraordinaire Matt Ulery, In the Ivory, is being considered for a Grammy nod in a few categories, including the new category of Contemporary Instrumental Album! We just joined Matt and his band at Littlefield in Brooklyn during their whirlwind east coast…




  We just came back from a wonderful week in Brooklyn, where we made our debut (albeit in the pit) at Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was an exciting week full of meetings and rehearsals and even the requisite celebrity sighting: Natalie Portman at…



Pattycake en masse

Who doesn’t know how to play Pattycake?? It’s one of those things that all children seem to do in the schoolyard – elaborate hand clapping routines with a partner accompanied by rhyming chants or songs. I certainly knew a whole bunch of them and…



Colombine Redux

We remounted our staged production Colombine’s Paradise Theatre two weeks ago for two shows only: one at our beloved MCA in Chicago and the other as a season opener for the Miller Theatre in New York. Ellen McSweeney writes in New Music Box: “Only…



World Premiere of John Luther Adams’ SILA: The Breath of the World

Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams has released the video to his latest performance, called Sila: The Breath of the World. On July 25th 2014, a crowd of over two thousand people gathered in Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza to watch the pulitzer prize…



Heart and Breath at the Miller Theatre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2014 Press Contacts: Information: 212/854-7799; millertheatre.com Aleba Gartner, 212/206-1450; aleba@nullalebaco.com Charlotte Levitt, 212/854-2380; cl2867@nullcolumbia.edu “a highly stylized, darkly beautiful love story that’s steeped in myth yet utterly modern.”  – Washington Post   “a polished, personable, routinely dazzling sextet ……



Colombine’s Paradise Theatre Discussion

The Museum of Contemporary Art, together with the Italian Cultural Institute, will be holding a discussion on the creation of the performance Colombine’s Paradise Theatre, featuring eighth blackbird’s pianist Lisa Kaplan and celebrated composer Amy Beth Kirsten. The talk, which will be held at the Italian…



New Digs!

  It’s finally happened. After years of talking and searching, we officially moved into our new studio space last week and spent the better part of the week getting it organized and functioning. We’re not that far from our former Ravenswood studio, but we’ve…



Sila at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

  We took a break last weekend from our regularly scheduled vacation to descend upon Lincoln Center Plaza for the world premiere of John Luther Adams’ Sila.  The experience of tuning in (literally) not just to faraway pitches, but to my breath and the breath of so many other people,…



heart & breath at the MCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 2014 Media Contact: Peter McDowell peter@nulleighthblackbird.org 773 484 8811 eighth blackbird: Heart and Breath at Chicago’s MCA Featuring the Chicago Premiere of Amy Beth Kirsten’s Colombine’s Paradise Theatre     The Museum of Contemporary Art’s 14/15 Season opens with a…

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