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Eighth Blackbird

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Eighth Blackbird

Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 8PM
The Theatre at Ace Hotel

“One of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet.” —Chicago Tribune

Four-time Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “a new breed of super-musicians” who have mastered a diverse and eclectic repertoire of new music, which is played primarily from memory, while simultaneously being enacted on stage. They will be joined at The Ace by singer-songwriter Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, whose music has been linked to Americana, folk, roots, country, punk and indie rock. Together they’ll perform a set of original songs, along with Frederic Rzewski’s iconic Coming Together, a touchstone piece of classical music’s young, underground, independently-minded set. The text for this piece is taken directly from a letter written by Attica prison inmate Sam Melville in 1971, only months before the riots which he helped organized and that led to his death, and trace a descent from self-control into madness.