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Eighth Blackbird

Wednesday, June 8

World Cafe Live: 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Four-time Grammy-winners Eighth Blackbird take the stage with LiveConnections for an inventive, action-packed performance. These “super-musicians” (LA Times) combine the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band and the audacity of a storefront theater company.

The emotional and adventurous program of contemporary music will feature movements from David Lang’s “memory pieces,” each a musical memorial for a friend, “Murder Ballades” by Bryce Dessner, and two pieces partially inspired by paintings: “By-By Huey” by Ted Hearne and “Cast” by Jacob Cooper. The group will also present a composition by Eighth Blackbird member Nathalie Joachim, who was seen by LiveConnections audiences last season with her flute duo Flutronix.

As LiveConnections Presents curator Mary Javian says, “Eighth Blackbird is, without a doubt, the best contemporary music ensemble I have ever heard. They never rest, never stop pushing the envelope.”

LiveConnections curates and presents six concerts annually, showcasing collaborative music designed for adventurous music-lovers. Join us for dinner and some of the most engaging new music around!

$25 general admission
$18 students with ID
(prices include service charges)


About the Artists

The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, aphoristic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1917). The Chicago-based, four-time Grammy-winning ensemble entertains and provokes audiences across the country and around the world. Eighth Blackbird 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 has won four Grammy Awards, for the recordings “Filament,” “strange imaginary animals,” “Lonely Motel: Music from Slide” and “Meanwhile.” To learn more about Eighth Blackbird, visit http://www.eighthblackbird.org. [Image: Luke Ratray]