Oct
26
Sun
Entrepreneurial Musicianship Expo @ Pierce Hall, NEC - Boston, MA
Oct 26 all-day

Join us for the third annual EM Expo, a day-long symposium devoted to giving you a peek under the hood of some of the most forward looking and inventive young ensembles in the country. This year’s ensemble-in-residence eighth blackbird combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band and the audacity of a storefront theater company. The Chicago-based, three-time Grammy-winning “super-musicians” (LA Times) entertain and provoke audiences across the country and around the world. eighth blackbird members will lead a jam-packed day of workshops, interactive discussions and hands-on activities, all focused on the nuts and bolts of launching a new project or ensemble. Drop in for one session or stay for whole day to collect best practices from eighth blackbird’s 18+ years of experience in fundraising, commissioning, creative programming and marketing.

Workshop Descriptions

 

9:30AM – Breakfast and Mingle

Meet members of eighth blackbird and connect with EM Expo participants over a light breakfast.

10:00AM –  The History and Evolution of eighth blackbird

eighth blackbird provides a rare inside look at the history and evolution of their ensemble–from their founding over 18 years ago to the daily life of the group today. This session will include a 45 minute performance, followed by an interactive discussion about the ensemble’s structure, the definition of each member’s role, and how they navigate a healthy balance between the ensemble’s work and other professional activities. 

12:30PM – Lunch and Learn: Fundraising and Marketing Tools 

Over lunch, participants will have the opportunity to connect with members of the ensemble and chose their own skill-building track. The first lunchtime session will focus on fundraising strategies: from relationship building to foundation relations and beyond. A parallel session on marketing will focus on creative applications of social media to engage audiences and promote new initiatives. 

2:30PM – Talking to Any Audience

eighth blackbird members will tackle the nuts and bolts of speaking from the stage–how to talk about a new work, create compelling transitions between pieces on a program, and engage your audience, before, during and after a performance. This hands-on session will have you on your feet to test new techniques and expand your  public speaking toolkit.  

3:45PM – Coffee Break

Fuel up with coffee, tea, or a sweet treat and connect with fellow Expo participants

4:00PM – Making it Yours: Commissioning and Curating

Explore the ins and outs of commissioning new work for an ensemble: from selecting collaborators, to communicating your vision, negotiating fees, and bringing a new piece to life. Within this context, eighth blackbird members will also discuss their process for programming and curating compelling performances. Learn how they use creative contexts, concepts and interdisciplinary collaboration to enliven the audience experience.

Nov
2
Sun
University of Richmond Residency @ University of Richmond - Richmond, VA
Nov 2 – Nov 8 all-day
Nov
9
Sun
Lecture/Demonstration @ College of William and Mary - Williamsburg, VA
Nov 9 @ 8:00 PM

Department of Music Artist-in-Residence eighth blackbird will hold a blended performance and lecture drawing on the group’s current touring programs.

Richard Reed Parry: Duet for Heart and Breath
Claudio Monteverdi, arr. by Munro: Lamento della Ninfa 
Carlo Gesualdo, arr. by Munro: Moro, lasso al mio duolo
Bon Iver, arr. by Kaplan: Babys
Nico Muhly: Doublespeak
David Lang: these broken wings III

Nov
16
Sun
University of Richmond Residency @ University of Richmond - Richmond, VA
Nov 16 – Nov 21 all-day
Nov
21
Fri
Electrically Charged @ Davidson College - Davidson, NC
Nov 21 @ 8:00 PM

Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013) for sextet
1. Omie Wise—Young Emily
2. Dark Holler
3. Wave the Sea—Brushy Fork
4. Pretty Polly—Tears for Sister Polly
Tim Munro: Last Exit (2013)
Andy Akiho: erase (2011)
— intermission –
Gabriella Smith: Number Nine (2013)
Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2012) for sextet
Richard Reed Parry: Duet for Heart and Breath (2012)
Bon Iver, arr. by Kaplan: Babys (2013)
David Lang: these broken wings 3 (2008)

Dec
7
Sun
Curtis Institute Residency @ Curtis Institute of Music - Philadelphia, PA
Dec 7 – Dec 13 all-day
Jan
12
Mon
Interlochen Academy Residency @ Interlochen Academy - Interlochen, MI
Jan 12 – Jan 14 all-day
Jan
17
Sat
Still in Motion @ Rackham Auditorium - Ann Arbor, MI
Jan 17 @ 8:00 PM
Jan
24
Sat
Contempo at 50: Now and Then @ Logan Center for the Arts - Chicago, IL
Jan 24 @ 7:30 PM

Under Artistic Director Shulamit Ran, Contempo curates the bold visions of today’s most innovative composers.

“Contempo concerts are… a winning combination of intriguing music and superb performance.”− 
The Chicago Sun Times

6:30 PM Contempo Commissions: Roundtable Conversations

Artists:

eighth blackbird
Pacifica Quartet
Cliff Colnot, conductor
Stephen Burns, trumpet
Andrew Nogal, oboe, english horn
Karl Rzasa, bassoon
Julia Filson, horn
Minghuan Xu, violin
David Scholl, bass
Anthony Cheung, piano
Alison Attar, harp
Sharon Harms, soprano

Program:

Lee Hyla: Wave (wolrd premiere, in memoriam: 1952-2014)
Shulamit Ran: 
Perfect Storm
Ralph Shapey: 
Concertante No. 1 for trumpet and 10 players
Huck Hodge: piano quintet
John Eaton: The End of It 
(world premiere)

Jan
25
Sun
University of Richmond Residency @ University of Richmond - Richmond, VA
Jan 25 – Jan 30 all-day
Feb
7
Sat
Still in Motion @ Jones Playhouse - Seattle, WA
Feb 7 @ 7:30 PM
Mar
15
Sun
Lecture/Demonstration @ College of William and Mary - Williamsburg, VA
Mar 15 @ 8:00 PM

Department of Music Artist-in-Residence eighth blackbird will hold a blended performance and lecture drawing on the group’s current touring programs.

Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013)
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Wave the Sea
IV. Brushy Fork

Tom Johnson/Ligeti, arranged by Kaplan and Munro: Counting Duets/Etudes
Counting Duet #1 (Johnson)
Fanfares (Ligeti, arr. by Kaplan)
Counting Duet #2 (Johnson)
En Suspens (Ligeti, arr. by Munro)
Counting Duet #3 (Johnson)
Entrelacs (Ligeti arr. by Kaplan)
Counting Duet #4 (Johnson)
Automne a Varsovie (Ligeti, arr. by Munro)

Mar
16
Mon
University of Richmond Residency @ University of Richmond - Richmond, VA
Mar 16 – Mar 20 all-day
Mar
23
Mon
Curtis Residency @ Curtis Institute of Music - Philadelphia, PA
Mar 23 – Mar 27 all-day
Mar
30
Mon
Penn State Residency @ Penn State University - State College, PA
Mar 30 – Apr 3 all-day
Apr
2
Thu
Still in Motion @ Schwab Auditorium - University Park, PA
Apr 2 @ 7:30 PM

Tom Johnson/Ligeti, arranged by Kaplan and Munro: Counting Duets/Etudes
Counting Duet TBD (Johnson)
Ligeti Etude TBD (Ligeti, arr. by Kaplan)
Counting Duet TBD (Johnson)
Ligeti Etude TBD (Ligeti, arr. by Munro)
Counting Duet TBD (Johnson)
Ligeti Etude TBD (Ligeti arr. by Kaplan)
Counting Duet TBD (Johnson)
Ligeti Etude TBD (Ligeti, arr. by Munro)
Richard Reed Parry: Duet for Heart and Breath (2012)
Aaron Jay Kernis: Pieces of Winter Sky (2012)
- intermission -
Gabriella Smith: Number Nine (2013)
Sean Griffin: Pattycake
Bryce Dessner: selections from Murder Ballades (2013)
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Wave the Sea
IV. Brushy Fork

Apr
7
Tue
Interlochen Academy Residency @ Interlochen Academy
Apr 7 – Apr 10 all-day
Apr
9
Thu
eighth blackbird Collaborative Project @ Corson Auditorium - Interlochen, MI
Apr 9 @ 7:30 PM
Apr
15
Wed
University of Richmond Residency @ University of Richmond - Richmond, VA
Apr 15 – Apr 20 all-day
Apr
23
Thu
Contempo: UChicago Resident Ensembles Showcase @ Logan Center for the Arts - Chicago, IL
Apr 23 @ 7:30 PM

eighth blackbird
Pacifica Quartet
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano
Cliff Colnot, conductor

Francisco Castillo-Trigueros: Nealika
Michael LaCroix: Twelve Faces of the Emerald
David Gordon: Speaking in Tongues
Eric Brinkman: Sublimation
Yuan-Chen Li: Wandering Viewpoint