Date(s) - 12/14/2019
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Zellerbach Hall, Cal Performances
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Eighth Blackbird wants you to know what is happening in new music. Right. This. Minute. Winner of four Grammy Awards and hailed as “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune), the sextet has been a catalyst in the chamber music world for more than 20 years, committed to nurturing the next generation of adventurous composers. Here, the group introduces us to a diverse cohort of exciting contemporary voices—mostly born in the 1980s and ’90s—whose compositions are inspired by a thrilling range of topics, from Lewis Carroll stories to Afro-Caribbean traditions, Indian home cooking, and Icelandic glaciers. Pioneering electroacoustic composer and performer Pamela Z joins for two solo pieces, plus the Bay Area premiere of a newly commissioned work built on the cadences in the speech patterns of members of the ensemble.
- Nina Shekhar: Ice ‘n’ Spice (Bay Area Premiere)
- Viet Cuong: Electric Aroma (Bay Area Premiere)
- Fjóla Evans: Eroding (Bay Area Premiere)
- Holly Harrison: Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup (Bay Area Premiere)
- Andy Akiho: Karakurenai
- Jonathan Bailey Holland: The Clarity of Cold Air
- Pamela Z: Quatre Couches and Badagada
- Pamela Z: Ways of Looking (Bay Area Premiere)
Parking will be a problem on campus for the Dec 14 performance due to a Cal Basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.