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Eighth Blackbird



Flute Nathalie Joachim
Clarinet Michael J Maccaferri
Violin and Viola Yvonne Lam
Cello Nicholas Photinos
Percussion Matthew Duvall
Piano Adam Marks

Eighth Blackbird combine the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rockband and the storefront of a theatre company.

The Chicago based four-time Grammy Award-winning sextet and the winner of the 2016 MacArthur Award for Effective and Creative Institutions have been performing for audiences across the globe since 1996. Over the course of two decades Eighth Blackbird has commissioned and premiered hundreds of works by dozens of composers including Steven Mackey, Missy Mazzoli and Steve Reich. Eighth Blackbird’s mission is to move music forward through innovative performance, advocacy for new music by living composers and a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians.