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eighth blackbird: Still in Motion

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eighth blackbird: Still in Motion

Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades Suite (2013)
Tom Johnson: Counting Duets (1982)
György Ligeti: Études arr. sextet (1985-2001)
Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2011) NEW YORK PREMIERE
Steve Mackey: Suite: Slide (2012) NEW YORK PREMIERE
Brett Dean: Sextet: Old Kings in Exile (2010) NEW YORK PREMIERE

eighth blackbird combines the virtuosity of a string quartet with the energy of a storefront theater company. This three-time Grammy-winning "super-ensemble" brings a very special program to The Kitchen, full to the brim with New York premieres. If Tom Johnson's "Counting Duets" is Sesame Street on acid, then new arrangements of Ligeti's Études are Chopin Gone Wild. Steve Mackey provides a moving portrait of loneliness and delusion in his Grammy-winning "Slide", while Australian composer Brett Dean fills "Old Kings in Exile" with hallucinatory dreams and threatening night-terrors. Brand new music by two indie darlings rounds out the bill. The National's guitarist Bryce Dessner delves into the dark and dangerous caverns of early American murder ballads, while Nico Muhly's "Doublespeak" buzzes with quicksilver brilliance.

Due to an unforeseen injury, eighth blackbird and The Kitchen have substituted the program Still in Motion for the previously announced Heart and Breath (including Colombine's Paradise Theatre).

February 6 – 7, 8pm

Tickets $25

eighth blackbird's Still in Motion is made possible with support from Mila & Tom Tuttle, The Amphion Foundation, Inc., Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and with public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo: Luke Ratray

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