Fresh from their third Grammy win, new music ensemble eighth blackbird will perform at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on April 30 and May 1. Indie superstars Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly will perform with eighth blackbird as well as each other, presenting their own music and pieces by composers who have inspired them.
The concert will feature the Chicago premiere of Muhly’s Doublespeak, composed for eighth blackbird in celebration of Philip Glass‘ 75th birthday. Other works on the program will include guitarist/composer Steve Mackey‘s Grammy-winning work Lonely Motel, Tristan Perich‘s qsqsqsqsqqqqqqqqq for three toy pianos and electronics, a new version of David Lang‘s How to Pray, and Philip Glass’s mesmerizing Two Pages.
Special guest Shara Worden (lead singer of experimental pop band My Brightest Diamond) will join the ensemble to perform two songs from David Lang’s new album, death speaks. The CD also features Muhly and Dessner.
Lang, Dessner, Muhly, and Worden will celebrate the release of death speaks by signing CDs after the concert.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is located at 220 E. Chicago Ave. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 30 and May 1. Tickets are $28 for non-museum members, $22 for MCA members, and $10 for students (subject to availability). To purchase tickets, call the MCA box office at 312-397-4010 or visit mcachicago.org.
Photo courtesy eighth blackbird.
- David Lang Gives Schubert Luminous New Life in ‘Death Speaks’ (wqxr.org)
- Two Boys (2011). Nico Muhly /between phillip glass, john cage & indie superstars/ (rgable.typepad.com)
- First Listen: David Lang, ‘Death Speaks’ (npr.org)
- Lucky Plush, Blair Thomas & Co., and Eighth Blackbird go three to a sleeping bag (chicagoreader.com)