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Grammy-winning eighth blackbird promises – and delivers – provocative and engaging performances to its burgeoning audiences. Combining bracing virtuosity with an alluring sense of irreverence, the sextet debunks the myth that contemporary music is only for a cerebral few.

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Hand Eye

Hand Eye brings together a musical dream-team. eighth blackbird, multi-Grammy-winning ensemble, and Sleeping Giant, superstar composer sextet, unites for an evening-length work fizzing with the alchemy of twelve unique personalities. Hand Eye’s composers embrace diverse worlds: wild rambunctiousness (Andrew Norman), driving tunes (Ted Hearne), fragile lyricism (Chris Cerrone), flickering virtuosity (Timo Andres), atmospheric beauty (Jacob Cooper) and minimalism-tinged athleticism (Rob Honstein).

Hand Eye was commissioned by the Stuart and Maxine Frankel Foundation and co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, University of Texas at Austin.

With Special Guest Michael Ward-Bergeman

The entire Grammy-winning cast of eighth blackbird takes the stage with virtuoso accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman. Hailing from the Big Easy, Ward-Bergeman has written for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and dazzled at venues from Gainesville Correctional Facility to Carnegie Hall. He joins 8bb in a lively exploration of the song tradition incorporating Argentinian folk songs, indie rock anthems, 16th century madrigals, New Orleans second line tunes and a contemporary take on the Murder Ballad tradition for a program that zings, zooms and zips with verve and wit.

Electrically Charged

In this 60-minute, amplified program without intermission, the ensemble draws upon works by Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, David Lang and others in a mind-bending, wired program of works span­ning vast sonic worlds.

On a Wire

This daring concerto for sextet and orchestra was composed for eighth blackbird by Jennifer Higdon. It has been performed by major orches­tras internationally, including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Melbourne, Kansas City and St. Louis.

"Their ability to synchronize in absolute lockstep was, in a word, amazing"
–Chicago Tribune
“The concerto is showy, exuberant, beautifully crafted. The audience erupted, hollered, stood, smiled, laughed with communal euphoria.” –Atlanta Journal Constitution















































































































































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