“Everything about this enterprising new-music ensemble bespeaks lightness and dynamism.”

The Boston Globe

New Music
Eighth Blackbird

ice 'n' SPICE (Bay Area Premiere)
Electric Aroma (Bay Area Premiere)
Eroding (Bay Area Premiere)
Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup (Bay Area Premiere)
The Clarity of Cold Air
Ways of Looking (Bay Area Premiere)
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 the Bay Area premiere of a newly commissioned work built on the cadences in the speech patterns of members of the ensemble.


Parking Alerts

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.

Related Events

Pre-performance Talk
Sat, Dec 14, 2019, 7pm
Zellerbach Playhouse
With pianist Sarah Cahill and Myra Melford, UC Berkeley Dept of Music. Free to ticket holders.

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Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.