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Music courtesy of eighth blackbird and Cedille Records

Their name comes from a Wallace Stevens poem entitled “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.”  The eighth
stanza reads:

Back row, left to right: Nicholas Photinos, cello - Tim Munro, flutes - Matthew Duvall, percussion - Lisa Kaplan, piano
Front row, left to right: Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets - Matt Albert, violin & viola
(Photo: Luke Ratray)

I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know

The members of this extraordinary group hold degrees in music performance.

eighth blackbird’s recording of “strange imaginary animals” won the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2008.

The New York Times said, “eighth blackbird’s performances are the picture of polish and precision…”

They have performed at the Carnegie, The Kennedy Center and the Harris Theater at Millennium Park.

They are in residence at the University of Richmond in Virginia and at the University of Chicago.

Their first CD, thirteen ways, was selected as a Top 10 CD of 2003 by Billboard magazine.

And now, they are Thirsty’s Listening Post pick for March 2009.




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