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eighth blackbird \ˈātth ˈblak-ˌbərd\ slang
(orig. and chiefly U.S.).
- verb. to act with commitment and virtuosity; to zap, zip, sock
- adjective. having fearless (yet irreverent) qualities.
- noun. a flock of songbirds, common in urban areas since 1996.
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.
In addition to its longstanding and fruitful relationships as Ensemble in Residence at the University of Richmond and University of Chicago, in 2012 eighth blackbird commences a three-year, Mellon Foundation-funded term as Ensemble in Residence at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. eighth blackbird will also lead extended, one-time residencies at University of Texas at Austin and the University of Maryland. Other highlights of the ensemble’s busy 2012/13 season include debuts with the Kansas City Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic and in Calgary, an extensive tour of Missouri and a three-city tour of the Netherlands.
A decade-long relationship with Chicago’s Cedille Records has produced six acclaimed recordings, including the brand new Meanwhile, released in September 2012. The ensemble has won three Grammy Awards, for the recordings strange imaginary animals and Lonely Motel: Music from Slide and Meanwhile.
eighth blackbird’s members hail from America’s Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden and Bay states, and Australia’s Sunshine State. There are four foodies, three beer snobs and one exercise junkie. The name “eighth blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, aphoristic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1917). eighth blackbird is managed by David Lieberman Artists.
Matthew Duvall endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, and Black Swamp Percussion Accessories. Michael J. Maccaferri is a Rico Performing Artist and Clinician. Lisa Kaplan is a Steinway Artist.
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