Podcast: 8th Blackbird Ensemble

Eighth Blackbird Ensemble performs in Rotterdam at the Doelen Concert Hall

Episode #76 of American Highways: interview with Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall.

The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents; And lucid, inescapable rhythms; But I know, too, That the blackbird is involved; In what I know.”

Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based group is a fine example of how contemporary music is evolving and changing – daily!


Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
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Philip Glass
Two Pages
Eighth Blackbird
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Ned McGowan
Garden of Iniquitous Creatures
Eighth Blackbird
excerpt from live rehearsal at the Doelen Concert Hall, Rotterdam

Bryce Dessner
Murder Ballades
8. Tears For Sister Polly
9. Pretty Polly
10. Brushy Fork
11. Wave The Sea
12. Dark Holler
13. Young Emily
14. Omie Wise
Eighth Blackbird
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Christopher Cerrone
South Catalina
Eighth Blackbird
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Son Lux (formerly known as Ryan Lott)
To Love
Eighth Blackbird
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