Feb
9
Tue
MCA Residency @ Museum of Contemporary Art
Feb 9 @ 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

8bb @ MCA

eighth blackbird residency at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ever since the pioneering 1969 exhibition Art by Telephone, the MCA has collaborated with artists in exciting ways. As the museum develops a vision for its future, it is becoming more audience-engaged as well as artist-driven.

This vision led the MCA to establish a unique artist’s residency. After studying residency models at arts organizations around the world, museum staff decided to distinguish the MCA’s residency as a museum-wide program with audience engagement at its heart.

While traditional residencies focus on production or research, the MCA’s forges relationships between top contemporary artists and the diverse public served by the museum. Resident artists including Mark Bradford, Martin Creed, and Goshka Macuga bring different ideas to the MCA each year, becoming catalysts for community engagement projects and timely discussions that reach communities all over the city.

This rehearsal will be open to the public.

Feb
10
Wed
MCA Residency @ Museum of Contemporary Art
Feb 10 @ 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

8bb @ MCA

eighth blackbird residency at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ever since the pioneering 1969 exhibition Art by Telephone, the MCA has collaborated with artists in exciting ways. As the museum develops a vision for its future, it is becoming more audience-engaged as well as artist-driven.

This vision led the MCA to establish a unique artist’s residency. After studying residency models at arts organizations around the world, museum staff decided to distinguish the MCA’s residency as a museum-wide program with audience engagement at its heart.

While traditional residencies focus on production or research, the MCA’s forges relationships between top contemporary artists and the diverse public served by the museum. Resident artists including Mark Bradford, Martin Creed, and Goshka Macuga bring different ideas to the MCA each year, becoming catalysts for community engagement projects and timely discussions that reach communities all over the city.

This rehearsal will be open to the public.

Feb
14
Sun
Hand Eye Unplugged @ Hertz Concert Hall - Berkeley, CA
Feb 14 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Hand Eye

Hand Eye brings together a musical dream­ team. Multi-GRAMMY-winning ensemble eighth blackbird and Sleeping Giant, superstar composer sextet, unite for an evening-­length work fizzing with the alchemy of twelve strong personalities. Hand Eye transports us to a Soul-studded jam session (Ted Hearne), the buzzing contagion of an internet meme (Andrew Norman), a high-velocity adventure-ride (Robert Honstein), a shimmering yet blinding landscape (Christopher Cerrone), the flickering and pulsing of ink on paper (Timo Andres), and a warm but tattered beauty (Jacob Cooper).

The six pieces that comprise Hand Eye are Checkered Shade by Timo Andres, South Catalina by Chris Cerrone, Conduit by Robert Honstein, Mine, Mime, Meme by Andrew Norman By-By Huey by Ted Hearne, and Cast by Jacob Cooper. These pieces were inspired by works of art in the private collection of Maxine and Stuart Frankel.  Images of these works can be found here.

Hand Eye was commissioned by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and by Carnegie Hall.
Feb
21
Sun
MCA Residency @ Museum of Contemporary Art
Feb 21 @ 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

8bb @ MCA

eighth blackbird residency at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ever since the pioneering 1969 exhibition Art by Telephone, the MCA has collaborated with artists in exciting ways. As the museum develops a vision for its future, it is becoming more audience-engaged as well as artist-driven.

This vision led the MCA to establish a unique artist’s residency. After studying residency models at arts organizations around the world, museum staff decided to distinguish the MCA’s residency as a museum-wide program with audience engagement at its heart.

While traditional residencies focus on production or research, the MCA’s forges relationships between top contemporary artists and the diverse public served by the museum. Resident artists including Mark Bradford, Martin Creed, and Goshka Macuga bring different ideas to the MCA each year, becoming catalysts for community engagement projects and timely discussions that reach communities all over the city.

This rehearsal will be open to the public. Ensemble members Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall will be present.

Feb
23
Tue
MCA Residency @ Museum of Contemporary Art
Feb 23 @ 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

8bb @ MCA

eighth blackbird residency at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ever since the pioneering 1969 exhibition Art by Telephone, the MCA has collaborated with artists in exciting ways. As the museum develops a vision for its future, it is becoming more audience-engaged as well as artist-driven.

This vision led the MCA to establish a unique artist’s residency. After studying residency models at arts organizations around the world, museum staff decided to distinguish the MCA’s residency as a museum-wide program with audience engagement at its heart.

While traditional residencies focus on production or research, the MCA’s forges relationships between top contemporary artists and the diverse public served by the museum. Resident artists including Mark Bradford, Martin Creed, and Goshka Macuga bring different ideas to the MCA each year, becoming catalysts for community engagement projects and timely discussions that reach communities all over the city.

This rehearsal will be open to the public. Ensemble members Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall will be present.

MCA Residency – Public Performance @ Museum of Contemporary Art
Feb 23 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

8bb @ MCA

eighth blackbird residency at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ever since the pioneering 1969 exhibition Art by Telephone, the MCA has collaborated with artists in exciting ways. As the museum develops a vision for its future, it is becoming more audience-engaged as well as artist-driven.

This vision led the MCA to establish a unique artist’s residency. After studying residency models at arts organizations around the world, museum staff decided to distinguish the MCA’s residency as a museum-wide program with audience engagement at its heart.

While traditional residencies focus on production or research, the MCA’s forges relationships between top contemporary artists and the diverse public served by the museum. Resident artists including Mark Bradford, Martin Creed, and Goshka Macuga bring different ideas to the MCA each year, becoming catalysts for community engagement projects and timely discussions that reach communities all over the city.

This rehearsal will be open to the public.

Feb
29
Mon
Contempo: with Agata Zubel, vocalist @ Logan Center for the Arts - Chicago - IL
Feb 29 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Agata ZubelConcert Program
Agata Zubel: Not I
Tadeusz Wielecki: The Thread is Spinning
Christophe Bertrand: Madrigal
Marta Ptaszynska: Mosaics
Helmut Lachenmann: String Quartet No. 3, Grido

This program is a part of Contempo’s .

Featured Artist(s): 

Mar
7
Mon
Ghostlight @ Kennedy Center - Washington, DC
Mar 7 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Ghostlight

The rituals of death. Fragments of music we use to hold on to those around us, or the cheerful tunes we use to forget them. This is the geography explored in Ghostlight, eighth blackbird’s new production. Three pieces written for the ensemble are featured: David T. Little‘s eponymous Ghostlight, commissioned by the Kennedy Center, in which ancient ceremonies, half-heard voices and ominous rumblings give way to beauty and repose. Grisly acts of revenge and betrayal are recounted through simple, upbeat melodies in Murder Ballades by Bryce Dessner (The National), here featured in a new expanded version than the Filament CD release. Ted Hearne’s By-By Huey memorializes the (self-)destructive with aggressive, unhinged piano music that forces the other instruments to follow or be left behind. And threading the concert together are three arrangements of David Lang’s Memory Pieces– diet cokegrind, and wed–offering distinct memorials to friends both living and passed.

Concert Program 

David Lang: diet coke
Ted Hearne: By-By-Huey
David Lang: grind
David T. Little: Ghostlight
-intermission-
David Lang: wed
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades

Mar
10
Thu
Hand Eye @ McCullough Theatre - Austin, TX
Mar 10 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Hand Eye

Hand Eye brings together a musical and visual dream­ team. Multi-Grammy­-winning ensemble eighth blackbird and Sleeping Giant, superstar composer sextet, unite for an evening-­length work fizzing with the alchemy of twelve strong personalities. Hand Eye transports us to a Soul-studded jam session (Ted Hearne), the buzzing contagion of an internet meme (Andrew Norman), a high-velocity adventure-ride (Robert Honstein), a shimmering yet blinding landscape (Christopher Cerrone), the flickering and pulsing of ink on paper (Timo Andres), and a warm but tattered beauty (Jacob Cooper).

The six pieces that comprise Hand Eye are Checkered Shade by Timo Andres, South Catalina by Chris Cerrone, Conduit by Robert Honstein, Mine, Mime, Meme by Andrew Norman, By-By Huey by Ted Hearne, and Cast by Jacob Cooper. These pieces were inspired by works of art in the private collection of Maxine and Stuart Frankel.  Images of these works can be found here.

Stage Design by Deborah Johnson, the brain behind CandyStations—creator of performance visuals for Wilco, Sufjan Stevens, and St. Vincent—Johnson brings a decade of experience and an intuitive, hands-on process to this collaboration. Stage Director Matthew Ozawa, who has directed productions at the Canadian, Lyric, and Santa Fe Operas, Audio Producer and Engineer Jesse Lewis and Lighting Designer Sarah Lackner complete the all-star production team.

Hand Eye was commissioned by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and by Carnegie Hall. Visual arts and staging production elements made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.
Mar
14
Mon
University of Richmond Residency @ University of Richmond - Richmond, VA
Mar 14 – Mar 18 all-day
Mar
25
Fri
Ghostlight @ Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago, IL
Mar 25 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Ghostlight

The rituals of death. Fragments of music we use to hold on to those around us, or the cheerful tunes we use to forget them. This is the geography explored in Ghostlight, eighth blackbird’s new production. Three pieces written for the ensemble are featured: David T. Little‘s eponymous Ghostlight, commissioned by the Kennedy Center, in which ancient ceremonies, half-heard voices and ominous rumblings give way to beauty and repose. Grisly acts of revenge and betrayal are recounted through simple, upbeat melodies in Murder Ballades by Bryce Dessner (The National), here featured in a new expanded version than the Filament CD release. Ted Hearne’s By-By Huey memorializes the (self-)destructive with aggressive, unhinged piano music that forces the other instruments to follow or be left behind. And threading the concert together are three arrangements of David Lang’s Memory Pieces– diet cokegrind, and wed–offering distinct memorials to friends both living and passed.

CONCERT PROGRAM 

David Lang: diet coke
Ted Hearne: By-By-Huey
David Lang: grind
David T. Little: Ghostlight
-intermission-
David Lang: wed
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades

Mar
26
Sat
Ghostlight @ Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago, IL
Mar 26 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Ghostlight

The rituals of death. Fragments of music we use to hold on to those around us, or the cheerful tunes we use to forget them. This is the geography explored in Ghostlight, eighth blackbird’s new production. Three pieces written for the ensemble are featured: David T. Little‘s eponymous Ghostlight, commissioned by the Kennedy Center, in which ancient ceremonies, half-heard voices and ominous rumblings give way to beauty and repose. Grisly acts of revenge and betrayal are recounted through simple, upbeat melodies in Murder Ballades by Bryce Dessner (The National), here featured in a new expanded version than the Filament CD release. Ted Hearne’s By-By Huey memorializes the (self-)destructive with aggressive, unhinged piano music that forces the other instruments to follow or be left behind. And threading the concert together are three arrangements of David Lang’s Memory Pieces– diet cokegrind, and wed–offering distinct memorials to friends both living and passed.

CONCERT PROGRAM 

David Lang: diet coke
Ted Hearne: By-By-Huey
David Lang: grind
David T. Little: Ghostlight
-intermission-
David Lang: wed
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades

Apr
1
Fri
Big Ears Festival @ Knoxville, TN
Apr 1 all-day
Apr
2
Sat
Ghostlight @ Armstrong Recital Hall - Winchester, VA
Apr 2 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Ghostlight

The rituals of death. Fragments of music we use to hold on to those around us, or the cheerful tunes we use to forget them. This is the geography explored in Ghostlight, eighth blackbird’s new production. Three pieces written for the ensemble are featured: David T. Little‘s eponymous Ghostlight, commissioned by the Kennedy Center, in which ancient ceremonies, half-heard voices and ominous rumblings give way to beauty and repose. Grisly acts of revenge and betrayal are recounted through simple, upbeat melodies in Murder Ballades by Bryce Dessner (The National), here featured in a new expanded version than the Filament CD release. Ted Hearne’s By-By Huey memorializes the (self-)destructive with aggressive, unhinged piano music that forces the other instruments to follow or be left behind. And threading the concert together are three arrangements of David Lang’s Memory Pieces– diet cokegrind, and wed–offering distinct memorials to friends both living and passed.

CONCERT PROGRAM 

David Lang: diet coke
Ted Hearne: By-By-Huey
David Lang: grind
David T. Little: Ghostlight
-intermission-
David Lang: wed
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades

Apr
4
Mon
University of Richmond Residency @ University of Richmond - Richmond, VA
Apr 4 – Apr 14 all-day
Apr
14
Thu
Hand Eye Unplugged @ Southern Exposure, University of South Carolina
Apr 14 @ 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Hand Eye

Hand Eye brings together a musical dream­ team. Multi-GRAMMY-winning ensemble eighth blackbird and Sleeping Giant, superstar composer sextet, unite for an evening-­length work fizzing with the alchemy of twelve strong personalities. Hand Eye transports us to a Soul-studded jam session (Ted Hearne), the buzzing contagion of an internet meme (Andrew Norman), a high-velocity adventure-ride (Robert Honstein), a shimmering yet blinding landscape (Christopher Cerrone), the flickering and pulsing of ink on paper (Timo Andres), and a warm but tattered beauty (Jacob Cooper).

The six pieces that comprise Hand Eye are Checkered Shade by Timo Andres, South Catalina by Chris Cerrone, Conduit by Robert Honstein, Mine, Mime, Meme by Andrew Norman By-By Huey by Ted Hearne, and Cast by Jacob Cooper. These pieces were inspired by works of art in the private collection of Maxine and Stuart Frankel.  Images of these works can be found here.

Hand Eye was commissioned by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and by Carnegie Hall.
Apr
16
Sat
Resonance @ Blizzard Theater at ECC Arts Center
Apr 16 all-day

eighth blackbird takes the stage alongside the Elgin Youth Symphony Brass Choir, Percussion Ensembles, and Youth Symphony for a masterclass and performance.

Apr
21
Thu
Hand Eye Unplugged @ Quick Center for the Arts
Apr 21 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Hand Eye

Hand Eye brings together a musical dream­ team. Multi-GRAMMY-winning ensemble eighth blackbird and Sleeping Giant, superstar composer sextet, unite for an evening-­length work fizzing with the alchemy of twelve strong personalities. Hand Eye transports us to a Soul-studded jam session (Ted Hearne), the buzzing contagion of an internet meme (Andrew Norman), a high-velocity adventure-ride (Robert Honstein), a shimmering yet blinding landscape (Christopher Cerrone), the flickering and pulsing of ink on paper (Timo Andres), and a warm but tattered beauty (Jacob Cooper).

The six pieces that comprise Hand Eye are Checkered Shade by Timo Andres, South Catalina by Chris Cerrone, Conduit by Robert Honstein, Mine, Mime, Meme by Andrew Norman By-By Huey by Ted Hearne, and Cast by Jacob Cooper. These pieces were inspired by works of art in the private collection of Maxine and Stuart Frankel.  Images of these works can be found here.

Hand Eye was commissioned by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and by Carnegie Hall.
Apr
24
Sun
Hand Eye @ Irvine Barclay Theatre - Irvine, CA
Apr 24 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Hand Eye

Hand Eye brings together a musical and visual dream­ team. Multi-Grammy­-winning ensemble eighth blackbird and Sleeping Giant, superstar composer sextet, unite for an evening-­length work fizzing with the alchemy of twelve strong personalities. Hand Eye transports us to a Soul-studded jam session (Ted Hearne), the buzzing contagion of an internet meme (Andrew Norman), a high-velocity adventure-ride (Robert Honstein), a shimmering yet blinding landscape (Christopher Cerrone), the flickering and pulsing of ink on paper (Timo Andres), and a warm but tattered beauty (Jacob Cooper).

The six pieces that comprise Hand Eye are Checkered Shade by Timo Andres, South Catalina by Chris Cerrone, Conduit by Robert Honstein, Mine, Mime, Meme by Andrew Norman, By-By Huey by Ted Hearne, and Cast by Jacob Cooper. These pieces were inspired by works of art in the private collection of Maxine and Stuart Frankel.  Images of these works can be found here.

Stage Design by Deborah Johnson, the brain behind CandyStations—creator of performance visuals for Wilco, Sufjan Stevens, and St. Vincent—Johnson brings a decade of experience and an intuitive, hands-on process to this collaboration. Stage Director Matthew Ozawa, who has directed productions at the Canadian, Lyric, and Santa Fe Operas, Audio Producer and Engineer Jesse Lewis and Lighting Designer Sarah Lackner complete the all-star production team.

Hand Eye was commissioned by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and by Carnegie Hall. Visual arts and staging production elements made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.
Apr
30
Sat
Vancouver New Music @ The Orpheum Annex - Vancouver, BC
Apr 30 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

By-By Huey – Ted Hearne

Songs of Love and Loss
Duet for Heart and Breath – Richard Reed Parry
Moro Lasso – Claudio Monteverdi (arr Munro)
Lamento della Ninfa – Carlo Gesualdo (arr Munro)
Babys – Bon Iver (arr Kaplan)

Ghostlight – David T Little

-intermission-

Murder Ballads – Bryce Dessner