Schedule of Events

Apr
21
Sat
CAP UCLA with Will Oldham @ The Theatre at ACE Hotel - Los Angeles, CA
Apr 21 @ 8:00 PM

We visit the Theatre at the Ace Hotel at UCLA for a performance of our program Coming Together, featuring collaborations with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

David Lang: learn to fly (2008)
“Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013, rev. 2015)
I. Omie Wise
II.Young Emily
III. Hocket
IV. Dark Holler
V. Lewisburg
VI. Wave the Sea
VII. Brushy Fork
VIII. Underneath the Floorboards
IX. Pretty Polly
X.Tears for Sister Polly
XI. Down in the Willow Garden”
Intermission
Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (1971)
Will Oldham Songs

Apr
22
Sun
Clyfford Still Museum @ Clyfford Still Museum
Apr 22 @ 6:00 PM

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music Denver, we’re playing two short sets at the Clyfford Still Museum.

Program:

David Lang: Composition as Explanation 6 (2016)

Morton Feldman: For Aaron Copland (1981)

Robert Honstein: Conduit, II. Pulse (2014)

John Cage: In a Landscape (1948)

David Lang: Composition as Explanation 4 (2016)

Apr
23
Mon
Denver Friends of Chamber Music @ Gates Hall - Denver, CO
Apr 23 @ 7:30 PM

We’re heading to Denver for a performance of Hand Eye through Friends of Chamber Music.

Program:

Christopher Cerrone: South Catalina (2014)
Andrew Norman: Mine, Mime, Meme (2015)
Robert Honstein: Conduit (2014)
I. Touch
II. Pulse
III. Send
Timo Andres: Checkered Shade (2014)
Ted Hearne: By-By Huey (2014)
Jacob Cooper: Cast (2015)

Apr
26
Thu
Cincinnati Ballet @ Aronoff Center for the Arts
Apr 26 @ 7:30 PM

We join the Cincinnati Ballet for five performances as part of the Ballet’s “Bold Moves” series.

Program:

David Lang: learn to fly (2008)
Robert Honstein: Conduit, II. Pulse (2014)
Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2012)
Missy Mazzoli: Still Life with Avalanche
Jacob Cooper: Cast (2015)
Intermission/set change, (curtain down)
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013, rev. 2015)
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Dark Holler
IV. Wave the Sea
V. Brushy Fork
VI. Pretty Polly
VII. Tears for Sister Polly

Apr
27
Fri
Cincinnati Ballet @ Aronoff Center for the Arts
Apr 27 @ 8:00 PM

We join the Cincinnati Ballet for five performances as part of the Ballet’s “Bold Moves” series.

Program:

David Lang: learn to fly (2008)
Robert Honstein: Conduit, II. Pulse (2014)
Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2012)
Missy Mazzoli: Still Life with Avalanche
Jacob Cooper: Cast (2015)
Intermission/set change, (curtain down)
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013, rev. 2015)
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Dark Holler
IV. Wave the Sea
V. Brushy Fork
VI. Pretty Polly
VII. Tears for Sister Polly

Apr
28
Sat
Cincinnati Ballet @ Aronoff Center for the Arts
Apr 28 @ 2:00 PM

We join the Cincinnati Ballet for five performances as part of the Ballet’s “Bold Moves” series.

Program:

David Lang: learn to fly (2008)
Robert Honstein: Conduit, II. Pulse (2014)
Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2012)
Missy Mazzoli: Still Life with Avalanche
Jacob Cooper: Cast (2015)
Intermission/set change, (curtain down)
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013, rev. 2015)
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Dark Holler
IV. Wave the Sea
V. Brushy Fork
VI. Pretty Polly
VII. Tears for Sister Polly

Cincinnati Ballet @ Aronoff Center for the Arts - Cincinnati, OH
Apr 28 @ 8:00 PM

We join the Cincinnati Ballet for five performances as part of the Ballet’s “Bold Moves” series.

Program:

David Lang: learn to fly (2008)
Robert Honstein: Conduit, II. Pulse (2014)
Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2012)
Missy Mazzoli: Still Life with Avalanche
Jacob Cooper: Cast (2015)
Intermission/set change, (curtain down)
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013, rev. 2015)
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Dark Holler
IV. Wave the Sea
V. Brushy Fork
VI. Pretty Polly
VII. Tears for Sister Polly

Apr
29
Sun
MusicNOW with Will Oldham & Bryce Dessner @ National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Apr 29 @ 2:00 PM

Will Oldham and Bryce Dessner join us for a performance featuring the music of Frederic Rzewski, Julius Eastman, Will Oldham, and Bryce Dessner. For more information, visit https://ntlhomecoming.com/tickets/

Program:

Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Wave the Sea
IV. Brushy Fork
Bryce Dessner: Down in the Willow Garden
Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together
Bonnie Prince Billy Songs TBD
Julius Eastman: Stay on It

Cincinnati Ballet @ Aronoff Center for the Arts
Apr 29 @ 6:30 PM

We join the Cincinnati Ballet for five performances as part of the Ballet’s “Bold Moves” series.

Program:

David Lang: learn to fly (2008)
Robert Honstein: Conduit, II. Pulse (2014)
Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2012)
Missy Mazzoli: Still Life with Avalanche
Jacob Cooper: Cast (2015)
Intermission/set change, (curtain down)
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013, rev. 2015)
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Dark Holler
IV. Wave the Sea
V. Brushy Fork
VI. Pretty Polly
VII. Tears for Sister Polly

May
12
Sat
Civic Music Association @ Sheslow Auditorium - Des Moines, IA
May 12 @ 7:30 PM

We close out our 21st season with a visit to Des Moines, IA for a performance with the Civic Music Association.

Program:

Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013)
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Wave the Sea
IV. Brushy Fork
Dan Trueman: Suite from Olagón (2016)
Stirrings I
Marbhan’s Shadow
Ululations II
Reeling Reels
McGowan: Garden of Iniquitous Creatures (2016)
David Lang: Wed, arr. Kaplan/Duvall (1992)
Ted Hearne: By-By Huey (2014)
Robert Honstein: Conduit, II. Pulse (2014)
Timo Andres: Checkered Shade (2014)

May
15
Tue
21st Anniversary Gala @ The Ivy Room - Chicago, IL
May 15 @ 6:00 PM

Join us for a hip, happy 21st Anniversary celebration with four-time GRAMMY winning super-group Eighth Blackbird. Cocktails from CH Distillery, concert, auction and dinner at River North’s former Tree Studios.

Jun
10
Sun
Blackbird Creative Lab @ Besant Hill School - Ojai, CA
Jun 10 – Jun 24 all-day

Annually at the end of June, The Lab brings together a number of artists and resources for an intense two-week immersion set on a secluded campus setting at the Besant Hill school in Ojai, California:

  • 30 Tuition-Free Fellowships, inclusive of room and board – 24 instrumentalists and 6 composers will be invited to participate each year based on their talent, technical proficiency, ability to communicate, personality, curiosity and creativity.
  • 9 Faculty – The 6 members of Eighth Blackbird will be joined by 2 professional composers and 1 choreographer/director at the top of their field.
  • Guest Artists – Periodic and ongoing visits by creative experts in a diverse array of fields will added based on the selected fellows’ creative project proposals.
  • Key Partners – The Besant Hill School will provide the facilities and community connections that allow The Lab to achieve its lofty artistic, educational and audience engagement goals.
  • Over the course of the two-week experience, fellows will participate in:
    • Coaching Sessions – Daily two-hour sessions led by faculty and guests
    • Salon Hours – Gatherings before dinner for informal performances, cocktails and other non-musical activities
    • Guest Lectures – Structured and unstructured opportunities to talk about a variety of musical and professional development topics with faculty and guests
    • Individual Practice – Time for fellows to practice and study on their own
    • Performances – Two culminating public performances to be captured on video

The Lab’s mission is to inspire the next generation of performers and composers to share in the ensemble’s vision: to champion a distinctive, dynamic and engaging performance aesthetic.  This intensive, human-centered experience will immerse lab fellows in a learn-by-doing, exploratory process of creating new work. By discovering and developing an audacious curatorial vision, lab fellows will be launched on their paths as provocateurs and visionaries in the arts.

Help support the Lab by donating here: https://www.blackbirdcreativelab.org/donate/fund-a-fellow/

The Blackbird Creative Lab is supported in part by the Colburn Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Jun
22
Fri
Blackbird Creative Lab Showcase Concert @ Zalk Theater at Besant Hill School - Ojai, CA
Jun 22 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Blackbird Creative Lab is a tuition-free, two-week immersive experience that combines the idyllic seclusion of an artist retreat, the intense camaraderie of a chamber music intensive, and the practical skills of a leadership program. Located on the bucolic campus of the Besant Hill School in the Ojai Valley, 24 performing artists and six composers from around the world gather each summer to develop and realize their own dream projects in addition to exploring and performing works written for The Lab. Chicago-based chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird are founders of The Lab, and its members serve as the program’s core instrumental faculty. Utilizing their signature learn-by-doing approach, Eighth Blackbird coaches and mentors while playing alongside the fellows, who also benefit from the guidance of two composers and one multidisciplinary artist on faculty. Augmenting the faculty is a diverse array of visiting guest artists who give seminars on topics ranging from Carnatic rhythm to public speaking.  This unprecedented new program is designed to inspire, empower and equip the next generation of artists to become provocateurs and leaders of their communities.

This concert will premiere work commissioned for the Lab, as well as performances from this year’s Lab fellows. Program details forthcoming.

The Blackbird Creative Lab is supported in part by the Colburn Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Jun
23
Sat
Blackbird Creative Lab Showcase Concert @ Zalk Theater at The Besant Hill School - Ojai, CA
Jun 23 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Blackbird Creative Lab is a tuition-free, two-week immersive experience that combines the idyllic seclusion of an artist retreat, the intense camaraderie of a chamber music intensive, and the practical skills of a leadership program. Located on the bucolic campus of the Besant Hill School in the Ojai Valley, 24 performing artists and six composers from around the world gather each summer to develop and realize their own dream projects in addition to exploring and performing works written for The Lab. Chicago-based chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird are founders of The Lab, and its members serve as the program’s core instrumental faculty. Utilizing their signature learn-by-doing approach, Eighth Blackbird coaches and mentors while playing alongside the fellows, who also benefit from the guidance of two composers and one multidisciplinary artist on faculty. Augmenting the faculty is a diverse array of visiting guest artists who give seminars on topics ranging from Carnatic rhythm to public speaking.  This unprecedented new program is designed to inspire, empower and equip the next generation of artists to become provocateurs and leaders of their communities.

This concert will premiere work commissioned for the Lab, as well as performances from this year’s Lab fellows. Program details forthcoming.

The Blackbird Creative Lab is supported in part by the Colburn Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.