Calendar of Events

Sep
30
Fri
University of Notre Dame: Music for 18 Musicians with Third Coast Percussion @ DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Sep 30 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Steve Reich, who has been called “our greatest living composer” (New York Times), celebrates his 80th birthday in 2016, and the year also marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of Music for 18 Musicians, considered by many to be his greatest composition. Two of Chicago’s world-class ensembles, Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion, team up to perform this seminal composition.

PROGRAM

Music for Pieces of Wood

Intermission

Music for 18 Musicians

Oct
13
Thu
The Ringling International Arts Festival: Hand Eye Unplugged @ Historic Asolo Theater
Oct 13 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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 (ChristophHand Eyeer 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.

 

Oct
14
Fri
The Ringling International Arts Festival: Hand Eye Unplugged @ Historic Asolo Theater
Oct 14 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

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 (ChristophHand Eyeer 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.

Oct
15
Sat
The Ringling International Arts Festival: Hand Eye Unplugged @ Historic Asolo Theater
Oct 15 @ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

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 (ChristophHand Eyeer 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.

Oct
22
Sat
Arts Club of Chicago: David Lang Premiere @ Arts Club of Chicago
Oct 22 @ 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

David Lang premieres Composition as Explanation, a work based on Gertrude Stein’s 1925 text, which explores the notion of the artist’s talk in tribute to The Arts Club’s legacy of cultural conversations. It will be performed continuously throughout the building by Eighth Blackbird and will be complemented by live presentations that similarly consider what it means for artists to discuss their work in person.

Derrick Adams Passing Time. Within the Arts Club exhibition space, multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams constructs a lounge environment, equipped with the essential components of a domestic living room environment.  Visitors are invited to sit casually and flip through Arts Club archives of artist and exhibition catalogs, mapping the history of the organization.  Visitors are further encouraged to participate in informal conversations taking place within the installation, while Adams spins vinyl records of music from the past and present from turntables stationed on the coffee table, or just relax for a moment and pass time. 

Suzanne Bocanegra with Paul Lazar, When a Priest Marries a Witch, an Artist LectureIn 2010, Bocanegra was asked by the Museum of Modern Art to give a lecture about her work.  For that lecture, she made a theater piece in which Paul Lazar, an actor long associated with the Wooster Group, performs as Bocanegra, telling the story of how she became an artist, growing up in Pasadena, Texas. Part personal narrative, part cultural history, the piece focuses on a wild scandal that happened in her local Catholic church.  Spectators hear both Paul and her recorded voice telling the story and (sort of ) together, they tell a tale about identity, artistic expression, the Pope, and obviously, a witch.

Mark Dion In a lecture, compellingly illustrated by film strip, the earth’s 4.5 billion years isrecounted. The presentation illuminates the geological and biological history of our planet leading up to birth, work and death of eminent Earth Works artist, Robert Smithson.

Irena Haiduk presents an evening program on polite art, the first step in surrounding yourself with things in the right way.

Pablo Helguera, 10 New Kindergarten Chats (after Mr. Sullivan) In about 1918, Louis Sullivan published a book entitled Kindergarten Chats, which outlined his philosophy of design and architecture. Helguera presents a reprise of these short texts by creating new talks on the same topics, revisited for the 21st century.

Geof Oppenheimer In this multimode production, Oppenheimer delves into the Arts Club’s archive to present a social and psychic bricolage that explores and reimagines the Club’s history of creative liberty, class construction, and desire for social change.

Walid Raad contributes stories and documents.  Some are included in the catalog.  Others are ondisplay in The Art Club’s restrooms.

Edra Soto Manual GRAFT Iron rejas became ubiquitous in the architecture of post-war Puerto Rico due to the security they provided and their ability to allow for cross ventilation. Today, these iron rejas are viewed not so much as a protection device, but as a language that pertains to the island’s visual culture. As part of an ongoing exploration of these design elements, Edra Soto presents Manual GRAFT, an architectural intervention that arrives via performative gestures and a process-based experience that unfolds in front of the viewers, unveiling the artistic process. Soto will install a related pattern on the glass walls that encloses The Arts Club’s famous Mies van der Rohe staircase.

After party to follow at 7 pm for performers, Arts Club members, and guests.

The Arts Club of Chicago

201 E Ontario St.

Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 787-3997

www.artsclubchicago.org

Oct
24
Mon
University of Richmond Residency @ Richmond, VA
Oct 24 – Nov 6 all-day
Nov
8
Tue
Phillips Exeter Academy @ Forrestal-Bowld Music Center - Exeter, NH
Nov 8 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

This event is free and open to the public. This performance is part of the Gilbert Concert Series, and will be the first Gilbert Concert in this new venue. 

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 (ChristophHand Eyeer 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.

Nov
18
Fri
Tilburg, Netherlands @ Theaters Tilburg
Nov 18 @ 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Eighth Blackbird is excited to premiere performances of Ned McGowan’s new work Garden of Iniquitous Creatures, alongside pieces from Filament, and Hand Eye.

Ned McGowan is a composer, teacher, flutist, improviser and curator. Known for rhythmical vitality and technical virtuosity, his music has won awards and been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and other halls and festivals around the world by many orchestras, ensembles and soloists.

Ned’s compositions are informed by his experiences as a flutist in European contemporary, improvisational and non-western musical circles and his main artistic goal is to create self-contained musical worlds through a process of cross-genre translation. By utilizing the possibilities of notation and a variety of performance practice approaches, he seeks to create practical methods to universal, cultural and personal expressions.“McGowan’s music strives for an idiom in which various musics – American popular, European classical and avant-garde, Carnatic, a fascination with proportionally intricate rhythms, the use of microtones in the search for new subtleties of melody – and many others, rub against each other and generate new meanings.” (Bob Gilmore)

Nov
19
Sat
Enschede, Netherlands @ Muziekcentrum Enschede
Nov 19 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Eighth Blackbird is excited to premiere performances of Ned McGowan’s new work Garden of Iniquitous Creatures, alongside pieces from Filament, and Hand Eye.

Ned McGowan is a composer, teacher, flutist, improviser and curator. Known for rhythmical vitality and technical virtuosity, his music has won awards and been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and other halls and festivals around the world by many orchestras, ensembles and soloists.

Ned’s compositions are informed by his experiences as a flutist in European contemporary, improvisational and non-western musical circles and his main artistic goal is to create self-contained musical worlds through a process of cross-genre translation. By utilizing the possibilities of notation and a variety of performance practice approaches, he seeks to create practical methods to universal, cultural and personal expressions.“McGowan’s music strives for an idiom in which various musics – American popular, European classical and avant-garde, Carnatic, a fascination with proportionally intricate rhythms, the use of microtones in the search for new subtleties of melody – and many others, rub against each other and generate new meanings.” (Bob Gilmore)

Nov
20
Sun
Rotterdam, Netherlands @ De Doelen, Jurriaanse Hall
Nov 20 @ 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM

Eighth Blackbird is excited to premiere performances of Ned McGowan’s new work Garden of Iniquitous Creatures, alongside pieces from Filament, and Hand Eye.

Ned McGowan is a composer, teacher, flutist, improviser and curator. Known for rhythmical vitality and technical virtuosity, his music has won awards and been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and other halls and festivals around the world by many orchestras, ensembles and soloists.

Ned’s compositions are informed by his experiences as a flutist in European contemporary, improvisational and non-western musical circles and his main artistic goal is to create self-contained musical worlds through a process of cross-genre translation. By utilizing the possibilities of notation and a variety of performance practice approaches, he seeks to create practical methods to universal, cultural and personal expressions.“McGowan’s music strives for an idiom in which various musics – American popular, European classical and avant-garde, Carnatic, a fascination with proportionally intricate rhythms, the use of microtones in the search for new subtleties of melody – and many others, rub against each other and generate new meanings.” (Bob Gilmore)

Nov
29
Tue
LookOut presents An Evening with Eighth Blackbird @ Steppenwolf Theatre - Chicago, IL
Nov 29 @ 7:00 PM

The four-time Grammy-winning supergroup Eighth Blackbird has been described as “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune) and “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality….known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press). In this intimate hometown show, the group turns to ambient sounds and a relaxed vibe as they present concerts featuring the work of Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire).


Located in the 1700 Theatre

Doors open at 6:30pm

Nov
30
Wed
LookOut presents An Evening with Eighth Blackbird @ Steppenwolf Theatre - Chicago, IL
Nov 30 @ 7:00 PM

The four-time Grammy-winning supergroup Eighth Blackbird has been described as “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune) and “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality….known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press). In this intimate hometown show, the group turns to ambient sounds and a relaxed vibe as they present concerts featuring the work of Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire).


Located in the 1700 Theatre

Doors open at 6:30pm

Jan
23
Mon
Old Dominion University @ Diehn Center for the Performing Arts - Norfolk, VA
Jan 23 @ 8:00 PM

Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2012)
  • Ted Hearne: By-by Huey
  • Timo Andres: Checkered Shade
  • Ned McGowan: Garden of Iniquitous Creatures
  • Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013, rev. 2015)
Jan
24
Tue
Residency @ Old Dominion University - Norfolk, VA
Jan 24 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Masterclass

Jan
25
Wed
Residency @ University of North Carolina - Greensboro, NC
Jan 25 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Masterclass

Jan
26
Thu
Wake Forest University @ Brendle Recital Hall - Winston-Salem, NC
Jan 26 @ 7:30 PM

Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2012)
  • Ted Hearne: By-by Huey
  • Timo Andres: Checkered Shade
  • Ned McGowan: Garden of Iniquitous Creatures
  • Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013, rev. 2015)
Jan
27
Fri
Residency @ University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
Jan 27 all-day

“The Business of Chamber Music” lecture, flute and clarinet masterclass, woodwind quintet chamber ensemble coaching.  

Jan
30
Mon
University of Richmond Residency @ University of Richmond - Richmond, VA
Jan 30 – Feb 3 all-day
Feb
6
Mon
inSIGHT Performance Series @ UTC Fine Arts Center - Chattanooga, TN
Feb 6 @ 7:30 PM

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 (ChristophHand Eyeer 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.


Program

  • Chris Cerrone: South Catalina
  • Andrew Norman: Mine, Mime, Meme
  • Robert Honstein: Conduit
  • Timo Andres: Checkered Shade
  • Ted Heare: By-by Huey
  • Jacob Cooper: Cast
Feb
20
Mon
Musica Viva Tour @ Perth Concert Hall - Perth WA, AUSTRALIA
Feb 20 @ 7:30 PM

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble – described by the LA Times as a collection of ‘supermusicians’ – revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment. This tour sees them delving into contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, alongside a world premiere by Sydney composer Holly Harrison.


Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak
  • Bryce Dessner:  Murder Ballades
  • Holly Harrison:  New Work (World Premiere)*
  • Ted Hearne:  By-By Huey
  • Timo Andres:  Checkered Shade
*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project