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MCA Live: Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall


A man rests his hands on a huge bass drum. He looks at a woman seated to his right, who plays a miniature piano-like instrument. They are spot-lit on a black stage.

Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall

Photo: Mark DeChiazza

event description

Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall of eighth blackbird open the first annual Frequency Festival. The performance takes place in eighth blackbird's residency space on the museum's third floor.


  • David Lang, wed
  • John Luther Adams, Red Arc Blue Veil

Steve Reich, (toy) Piano Phase

Curated by Peter Margasak, the festival highlights Chicago’s thriving new music community with six days of music making at venues across the city.

About the Artists

Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall are coartistic directors and musicians of eighth blackbird. Both are founding members of the ensemble, currently in its 20th season.

eighth blackbird champions a performing aesthetic that redefines the chamber music experience. Notable accomplishments include four Grammy Awards; competition wins with the Concert Artist Guild and the Naumburg Foundation; seven studio recordings with Cedille records; and ensemble-in-residence positions with the University of Chicago, the University of Richmond, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Composers commissioned and premiered include Bryce Dessner, Stephen Hartke, Jennifer Higdon, Amy Beth Kirsten, David Lang, and Steve Mackey, to name a few. Touring nationally and internationally approximately 200 days a year, the ensemble is regularly engaged in coaching, clinics, speaking engagements, and other related activities, in addition to concertizing.