Tuesday, April 1 | 7:30 p.m.
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.
The three-time Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird brings its entertaining and provoking music to the stage of the University of Idaho’s Auditorium at 7:30 pm on Tuesday April 1. The sextet of percussion, piano, flute, clarinet, violin and cello combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band and the audacity of a storefront theater company. The Chicago-based “super-musicians” (LA Times) will also teach classes in Moscow during their residency, sponsored by the Auditorium Chamber Music Series.
Their program “Still in Motion” features new works by The National’s Bryce Dessner (the folk-inspired Murder Ballades), Steve Mackey (music from his Grammy-winning Slide) and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry.
Eighth blackbird’s name comes from the Wallace Stevens’ evocative, aphoristic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. It holds ongoing Ensemble in Residence positions at the Curtis Institute of Music, University of Richmond, and University of Chicago. A decade-long relationship with Chicago’s Cedille Records has produced six acclaimed recordings. The ensemble’s Grammy Awards are for the recordings strange imaginary animals, Lonely Motel: Music from Slide, and Meanwhile.
The public is welcome to the classes offered by the members of eighth blackbird on Wednesday, April 2 at the University of Idaho. These include a presentation on Stage Movement for Musicians, and individual master classes. The times and locations of these classes are posted on the Auditorium Series website: www.auditoriumseries.org.
Tickets for the April 1 concert, at $10 (students), $17 (seniors) and $20 (general admission) are available at BookPeople of Moscow and online. The Auditorium Series website also lists program details and parking information.
Tickets Available Online