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MCA Studio: Eighth Blackbird, Hand Eye


Eighth Blackbird

Photo: Luke Ratray

MCA Stage New Works Initiative

New-music group Eighth Blackbird is leading a program inspired by their upcoming performance Hand Eye.

Hand Eye connects the expressive powers of two dynamic groups in one vibrant project. The six members of Eighth Blackbird are paired with Sleeping Giant, a collective of six remarkable composers. Each composer wrote a different section of the piece, composing it in reference to a different visual artwork, and tailoring it to highlight one musician of Eighth Blackbird. The entire evening is saturated in projections by CandyStations, who has designed and performed live-concert visuals for Sufjan Stevens, Bright Eyes, St. Vincent, Wilco, Calexico, ETHEL, and others.

Hand Eye premieres January 23–24, 2016, at MCA Stage.

Presented in association with the Eighth Blackbird residency.


Lead support for the Eighth Blackbird residency is provided by Helen and Sam Zell. Additional generous support is provided by Anne Kaplan.