eighth blackbird

22/23 Performance Season


Creative Lab Residency

The Blackbird Creative Lab, launched in 2017, mentors the rising next generation of composers and performers. Aspiring 21st Century musicians articulate and manifest their personal vision under the ensemble’s guidance, while developing extra-musical strategies for successfully building a career impacted by administrative, marketing and funding challenges as much as by artistic content. This is a residency fueled by Eighth Blackbird’s entrepreneurial spirit, veteran experience and dazzling artistry, presented in a dynamic and hands-on learning context.

Large Ensemble

Eighth Blackbird lights up the stage when presented with large ensembles. There are three works written for Eighth Blackbird featuring the sextet on a larger platform. Viet Cuong’s “Vital Sines”, commissioned by the US Navy Band provides for presentation of this virtuoso sextet with wind ensemble. A new concerto for Eighth Blackbird by the composer collective, Kinds of Kings, premieres with the Cincinnati Symphony in 2022, touring thereafter. Also, Jennifer Higdon’s groundbreaking On a Wire, concerto for sextet, premiered in 2010 and recorded with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is available for all symphony orchestras.

Composition as Explanation

8BB does it again, creating the next in a remarkable repertoire of staged productions called “super-chamber-music” by Pulitzer prize winning composer David Lang who composes an extraordinary evening based on writings by Gertrude Stein and directed by the iconic Anne Bogart.

Singing into the Dead of the Night
Singing in the Dead of Night​ is a collaboration between Bang on a Can composers David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and seminal New York choreographer Susan Marshall. This fully staged theatrical production is full of sonic surprises and choreographic expression.