September – October 2014

Sep
10
Wed
Colombine’s Paradise Theatre Talk at the Italian Cultural Institute @ Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
Sep 10 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join us for this spirited talk with the eighth blackbird musicians and composer Amy Beth Kirsten about the creation of Colombine’s Paradise Theatre and its relationship to Italy’s rich history of art and culture. To illuminate the connections, the artists are joined for the talk by The University of Chicago’s Robert L. Kendrick, award-winning Professor of Music, and Natalie Crohn Schmitt, Professor Emerita, Theatre and English at the University of Illinois Chicago.

eighth blackbird performs Colombine’s Paradise Theatre September 12, at MCA Stage, 220 East Chicago Avenue. For tickets please visit mcachicago.org/stage or call 312.397.4010.

Kirsten is a recipient of the 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition. Her works aim to integrate music, language, and movement in theatrical settings and have been engaged by leading venues such the Miller Theatre in New York, for Colombine’s Paradise Theatre, and Carnegie Hall, for strange pilgrims, commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra for string orchestra, chorus, and film.

Schmitt has more than forty refereed articles and book chapters published on a range of topics in theatre theory, from Aristotle to John Cage, and in theatre criticism, from medieval drama to contemporary experimental theatre.

Kendrick works largely in early modern music and culture, with additional interests in Latin American music, historical anthropology, and the visual arts, and is author of The Sound of Milan, 1580-1650 (2002) and Celestial Sirens (1996). In addition to faculty positions with the Departments of Music and of Romance Languages and Literatures, he is a member of Milan’s Accademia Ambrosiana, and one of the co-editors of the forthcoming collected works of Alessandro Grandi, the great northern Italian composer of the early Baroque era.

Sep
12
Fri
Heart & Breath @ Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Sep 12 @ 7:30 PM

Repertoire
Amy Beth Kirsten Colombine’s Paradise Theatre (2013)
Richard Reed Parry Duo for Heart and Breath (2012)
Bon Iver, arr. Kaplan Babys (2009/13)
Claudio Monteverdi, arr. Munro Lamento della Ninfa (1638/2013)
Carlo Gesulado, arr. Munro Moro, lasso al mio duolo (1611/2013)

Sep
18
Thu
Heart & Breath @ Miller Theatre at Columbia University, New York, NY
Sep 18 @ 8:00 PM

Repertoire
Amy Beth Kirsten Colombine’s Paradise Theatre (2013) New York premiere
Richard Reed Parry Duo for Heart and Breath (2012)
Bon Iver, arr. Kaplan Babys (2009/13) New York premiere
Claudio Monteverdi, arr. Munro Lamento della Ninfa (1638/2013) New York premiere
Carlo Gesulado, arr. Munro Moro, lasso al mio duolo (1611/2013) New York premiere

Sep
22
Mon
Pattycake @ Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, Richmond, VA
Sep 22 @ 7:30 PM

PROGRAM:
György Ligeti: Études (arr. 2014)
Tom Johnson: Counting Duets (2014)
Lee Hyla: Wave (2012)
Sean Griffin: Pattycake (2007)
Gabriella Smith: Number Nine (2013)
David Little: and the sky was still there (2010)

Oct
10
Fri
Matt Ulery’s In the Ivory, featuring eighth blackbird @ Constellation, Chicago, IL
Oct 10 @ 9:30 PM

Event is 21+.

Performers:

Matt Ulery – double bass and compositions
Rob Clearfield – piano
Jon Deitemyer – drums
Andrew McCann – violin
Dominic Johnson – viola
Yvonne Lam – violin (of eighth blackbird)
Nick Photinos – cello (of eighth blackbird)
Tim Munro – alto flute (of eighth blackbird)
Michael Maccaferri – clarinet (of eighth blackbird)
Lisa Kaplan – piano (of eighth blackbird)
Matthew Duvall – vibraphone and marimba (of eighth blackbird)

Oct
14
Tue
Matt Ulery’s ‘In the Ivory’ featuring eighth blackbird @ Littlefield
Oct 14 @ 8:00 PM

Also featuring:

Grazyna Auguscik

Zach Brock Quartet

Oct
16
Thu
Murder Ballades @ Peter Jay Sharp Building, Brooklyn Academy of Music Gilman Opera House, New York, NY
Oct 16 @ 7:30 PM

eighth blackbird will be performing Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades as a live music accompaniment for a performance by the L.A. Dance Project. The full program is as follows:

Reflections (2013)
Choreography by Benjamin Millepied in collaboration with the company
Music by David Lang
Visual concept by Barbara Kruger

Murder Ballades (2013)
Choreography by Justin Peck
Music by Bryce Dessner
Visual concept by Sterling Ruby

Quintett (1993)
Choreography by William Forsythe
Music by Gavin Bryars

Oct
17
Fri
Murder Ballades @ Peter Jay Sharp Building, Brooklyn Academy of Music Gilman Opera House, New York, NY
Oct 17 @ 7:30 PM

eighth blackbird will be performing Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades as a live music accompaniment for a performance by the L.A. Dance Project. The full program is as follows:

Reflections (2013)
Choreography by Benjamin Millepied in collaboration with the company
Music by David Lang
Visual concept by Barbara Kruger

Murder Ballades (2013)
Choreography by Justin Peck
Music by Bryce Dessner
Visual concept by Sterling Ruby

Quintett (1993)
Choreography by William Forsythe
Music by Gavin Bryars

Oct
18
Sat
Murder Ballades @ Peter Jay Sharp Building, Brooklyn Academy of Music Gilman Opera House, New York, NY
Oct 18 @ 7:30 PM

eighth blackbird will be performing Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades as a live music accompaniment for a performance by the L.A. Dance Project. The full program is as follows:

Reflections (2013)
Choreography by Benjamin Millepied in collaboration with the company
Music by David Lang
Visual concept by Barbara Kruger

Murder Ballades (2013)
Choreography by Justin Peck
Music by Bryce Dessner
Visual concept by Sterling Ruby

Quintett (1993)
Choreography by William Forsythe
Music by Gavin Bryars

Oct
26
Sun
Lecture/demonstration @ New England Conservatory; Boston, MA
Oct 26 @ 10:00 AM

Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades 12′
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Wave the Sea
IV. Brushy Fork
Richard Reed Parry: Duet for Heart and Breath 5′
-intermission-
Gabriella Smith: Number Nine (2013)
Tom Johnson/Ligeti, arranged by Kaplan and Munro: Counting Duets/Etudes 25′
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)