During the past year, eighth blackbird has been immersed in a new adventure in music. The Chicago-based ensemble has a long-established record of collaborating with landmark composers—from Steve Reich to John Luther Adams, from Jennifer Higdon to Mayke Nas—to commission new works.
This year they ran their first-ever competition for new chamber music written for the unusual instrumentation of eighth blackbird: clarinet, flute, violin/viola, cello, percussion, and piano. They received 504 scores, narrowed the pool to 15 semi-finalists, and selected three finalists: Andy Akiho of New Haven, Connecticut; Eric Lindsay of Bloomington, Indiana; and Kurt Rohde of San Francisco, California.
Join MCA Stage on December 8 for a free “staged reading” to hear each of these works for the first time. Following the performance, all three composers discuss their work with the ensemble and take questions from the audience.
At the culmination of this December 8 event, one composer is chosen as the final prize winner. The finalists receive a cash prize; the winner receives an additional award and a future public performance of his or her work by eighth blackbird.