Tim Munro, flutes • Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets*
Matt Albert, violin & viola** • Nicholas Photinos, cello
Matthew Duvall, percussion • Lisa Kaplan, piano***
eighth blackbird combines the finesse of a string quartet with the energy and audacity of a storefront theater company. The Chicago-based, two-time Grammy Award-winning sextet performs more than 50 concerts each season at major venues across the United States and abroad, and in recent seasons has performed with the Cleveland, Atlanta, Toronto, and Melbourne Symphony orchestras. More than 150 works have been written for eighth blackbird, from composers including Steve Reich, Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, Steve Mackey, Nico Muhly and Brett Dean. eighth blackbird holds Ensemble in Residence positions at the University of Richmond, the University of Chicago and, from 2012–2016, the Curtis Institute of Music. A fruitful relationship with Chicago's Cedille Records has produced six acclaimed recordings. eighth blackbird's members hail from America's Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, and Bay states, and Australia's Sunshine State. There are four foodies, three beer snobs, and one exercise junkie. The name "eighth blackbird" derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens's evocative, aphoristic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1917).
*Michael J. Maccaferri is a Rico Performing Artist and Clinician.
**Matthew Duvall endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.
***Lisa Kaplan is a Steinway Artist.