Transitions at Eighth Blackbird

News of two upcoming transitions within Eighth Blackbird.

Yvonne Lam

Our violinist Yvonne Lam has accepted a faculty position at Michigan State University College of Music, as Assistant Professor of Violin, and will be departing from Eighth Blackbird in July. We are happy that this position will allow Yvonne’s gifts as an educator to flourish, and brings her young family closer to grandparents.

Nathalie Joachim

In addition, our flutist Nathalie Joachim will be concluding her tenure at the end of the calendar year. Nathalie’s trajectory as an instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and change agent has been exciting and beautiful. She will be committing to her full-time role as Co-Artistic Director of flute duo Flutronix; Director of Contemporary Chamber Music at the Perlman Music Program; and mentor in National Sawdust’s new BluePrint Fellowship Program in collaboration with The Juilliard School. The upcoming release on New Amsterdam Records and tour of her evening length work Fanm d’Ayiti with Spektral Quartet begins this summer; and she is busy composing a number of upcoming commissions for artists including Seth Parker Woods, Duo Noire and Lorelei Ensemble. Eighth Blackbird will keep you posted about our flutist for concerts in Spring 2020.

We invite you to join us and show some love to Yvonne and Nathalie at two special performances later this year. The Chicago premiere of Watch Over Us, a new work for violin and electronics written by Nathalie for Yvonne, is at Gallagher Way’s Sundown Sessions on August 27, and the Chicago premiere of Nathalie’s evening-length piece, Fanm d’Ayiti, at the Black Ensemble Theater on September 13.

Matt Albert

We are thrilled that Eighth Blackbird’s founding violinist, Matt Albert, Assistant Professor and Chair of Chamber Music at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, will return to play with the ensemble for the majority of the 2019-20 season, as well as on the recording of Singing in the Dead of Night, written for Eighth Blackbird by Michael Gordon/ David Lang/ Julia Wolfe, to be released on Cedille Records.

As always, Eighth Blackbird remains committed to its mission and supporters, and welcomes any questions or concerns you may have. We ask for your continued support and enthusiasm as we begin the arc towards the ensemble’s 25th Anniversary in 2021, celebrating our history and our future, and we hope you will help us welcome two new ensemble members in 2020.

On behalf of Eighth Blackbird,
Deirdre Harrison
Chief Operating Officer

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