Eighth Blackbird

Musica Viva

Eighth Blackbird

"Professionalism and proficiency amplified by that indefinable X factor, charisma" The New York Times

Concerts by Eighth Blackbird celebrate the joy of the new. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble – described by the LA Times as a collection of "supermusicians" – revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment.

Composer Nico Muhly wanted to write for Eighth Blackbird "the most fun piece possible"; Doublespeak was created for a festival honouring Philip Glass, and toys wittily with his familiar minimalist soundworld. Bryce Dessner (from indie pop band The National) weaves folk music and grisly murder ballad traditions into an enthralling contemporary pondering of violence and American identity.

Holly Harrison, from western Sydney, is a bright new star in the Australian composition sky. Winner of numerous international prizes for her strikingly imaginative works, she has been commissioned by Geoff Stearn and Musica Viva’s Hildegard Project to create new music for this tour. Ted Hearne’s amazing, intense work By-By Huey was inspired by painter Robert Arneson’s portrait of the man who killed a co-founder of the Black Panther Party; when self-destruction is the theme, the music tends to get wild…

Checkered Shade is Timo Andres’ extraordinary response to the finely detailed work of artists Astrid Bowlby and Edward Gorey: he describes it as "a gradual zoom outward" that coalesces to a delicately serene chorale.

Tour supported by the Musica Viva Amadeus Society


Muhly Doublespeak
Dessner Murder Ballades
Harrison New Work (World Premiere)*
Hearne By-By Huey
Andres Checkered Shade

*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project


Nathalie Joachim flutes
Michael J Maccaferri clarinets
Yvonne Lam violin and viola
Nicholas Photinos cello
Matthew Duvall percussion
Adam Marks piano

Ticket Info


Standard $111
Concession $97
City Recital Hall Member $99.90
Group (10+) $99.90
Under 30 $30


Standard $78
Concession $68
City Recital Hall Member $70.20
Group (10+) $70.20
Under 30 $30


Standard $52
Concession $45
City Recital Hall Member $46.80
Group (10+) $46.80
Under 30 $30

A booking fee per transaction applies for this event as follows: Internet $6, Phone $8.
There is no booking fee for tickets purchased in person at the City Recital Hall Box Office.

Details are accurate at time of publication

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Performance Dates & Times

Monday 27 February, 2017
7:00 pm
City Recital Hall

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