Jun
18
Thu
Celebrate Brooklyn! @ Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell - Brooklyn, NY
Jun 18 @ 7:30 PM

eighth blackbird Celebrate Brooklyn

The GRAMMY-winning “super-musicians” (LA Times) of EIGHTH BLACKBIRD, an impeccable sextet with the energy and audacity of a rock band, team up with revered singer-songwriter WILL OLDHAM on a program that will include Frederic Rzewski’s powerful spoken word piece “Coming Together,” as well as arrangements of Oldham’s songs, material by Bryce Dessner, and other works. The Chicago based group has emerged as one of the most vital bridges between the contemporary classical and pop worlds, a versatile ensemble whose omnivorous tastes have led them to a host of interesting and surprising collaborative adventures. This is their first performance with Oldham, who has recorded some of the most thoughtful and compelling outsider folk of the last 20 years, mainly as Palace Music and Bonnie Prince Billy.

The other half of this double bill of extraordinary pairings features BILL FRISELL, who “plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet: in the hands of such radical thinkers, their instruments simply become different animals,” (New Yorker) and folk revivalist SAM AMIDON, whose “highly personal approach opens a window on the American past and lets us feel it like nothing else around.” (NPR) Frisell is renowned as perhaps the greatest guitarist of his generation, a humble shaman with a seemingly unlimited capacity for incorporating diverse American roots traditions into jazz. Sam Amidon is among the most original folk artists working today—quite a feat, considering much of his work is re-imagining traditional songs. Amidon and Frisell have performed together in the past; this is the first time they’ve done so with the Bill Frisell Trio, which includes two of NYC’s most outstanding musicians: the drummer Kenny Wollesen and the mulit-instrumentalist Tony Scherr.

Celebrate Brooklyn! 2015
Gates open at 6:30PM. 

 

Jun
22
Mon
Active Child + Matt Ulery’s In The Ivory featuring eighth blackbird @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion - Chicago, IL
Jun 22 @ 6:30 PM

matt uleryLA-based multi-instrumentalist Patrick Grossi, aka Active Child, will present the Chicago live premiere of his highly anticipated sophomore full-length album, Mercy. Known for his porcelain falsetto and cascading harp, Active Child’s live show shimmers with lush arrangements, stunning visuals and a talented team of backing musicians. Chicago bassist-composer Matt Ulery creates resplendent, lyrical, transportive chamber-jazz music. Ulery has forged a unique signature sound, with three-time Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird plus a core rhythm team: UIlery, double bass and voice; Rob Clearfield, piano, Jon Deitemyer, drums; vocalist Grazyna Auguscik; Aurelien Pederzoli, violin; and Dominic Johnson, viola.

Jun
25
Thu
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival @ Kirk in the Hills - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Jun 25 @ 7:30 PM

PRELUDE: EXCELSA QUARTET PERFORMS JANÁCEK’S STRING QUARTET NO. 2, INTIMATE LETTERS

EIGHTH BLACKBIRD | CALIDORE STRING QUARTET | DONALD SINTA QUARTET

MENDELSSOHN | STRING QUARTET NO. 6 IN F MINOR, OP. 80
GREY | WORLD PREMIERE TBD
SHOSTAKOVICH | STRING QUARTET NO. 8 IN C MINOR, OP. 110
VARIOUS COMPOSERS | SONGS OF LOVE AND LOSS

Jun
26
Fri
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival @ Kerrytown Concert House - Ann Arbor, MI
Jun 26 @ 8:00 PM

ALTIUS QUARTET | EIGHTH BLACKBIRD

MENDELSSOHN | STRING QUARTET NO. 2 IN A MINOR, OP. 13
ANDRES | CRASHING THROUGH FENCES (2009)
LANG | THESE BROKEN WINGS (2008)
VARIOUS COMPOSERS | SONGS OF LOVE AND LOSS

Jun
27
Sat
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – Hand Eye (WORLD PREMIERE) @ Seligman Performing Arts Center - Beverly Hills, MI
Jun 27 @ 8:00 PM

Sleeping GiantSPONSORED BY MAXINE & STUART FRANKEL FOUNDATION

PRELUDE: THE MAKING OF HAND EYE – COMPOSERS FROM SLEEPING GIANT WITH PAUL WATKINS

EIGHTH BLACKBIRD
SLEEPING GIANT CONSORTIUM | HAND EYE (WORLD PREMIERE)