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eighth blackbird

  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Special Appearances


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.  The ensemble attracts fans of all ages to its performances and recordings, which sparkle with wit and pound with physical energy; it inhabits and explores the sound-world of new music with comfort, conviction, and infectious enthusiasm.  eighth blackbird is widely lauded for its performing style – often playing from memory with theatrical flair – and for making new music accessible to wide audiences. 

The New York Times raved: “eighth blackbird’s performances are the picture of polish and precision, and they seem to be thoroughly engaged…by music in a broad range of contemporary styles.”  Profiled in the New York Times and NPR’s All Things Considered, the sextet has also been featured on Bloomberg TV’s Muse, CBS News Sunday Morning, St. Paul Sunday, Weekend America, and The Next Big Thing, among others.  The group is in residence at the University of Richmond in Virginia and the University of Chicago.