eighth blackbird Begins Performances at The Kitchen Tomorrow
On February 6 & 7, The Kitchen will present multi-Grammy award-winning contemporary chamber ensemble eighth blackbird, performing their evening-length program Still in Motion. eighth blackbird combines the virtuosity of a string quartet with the energy of a storefront theater company. In Still in Motion, the three-time Grammy-winning "super-ensemble" (Los Angeles Times) brings a very special program to The Kitchen, full to the brim with New York premieres:
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades Suite (2013)
Tom Johnson: Counting Duets (1982)
György Ligeti: Études arr. sextet (1985-2001)
Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2011) NEW YORK PREMIERE
Steve Mackey: Suite: Slide (2012) NEW YORK PREMIERE
Brett Dean: Sextet: Old Kings in Exile (2010) NEW YORK PREMIERE
The program will take place at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street), February 6 & 7 at 8:00 p.m. nightly. Ticketsare $25 and can be purchased online atwww.thekitchen.org; by phone at 212.255.5793 x11; or in person at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street), Tuesday-Saturday, 2:00-6:00 p.m.
If Tom Johnson's "Counting Duets" is Sesame Street on acid, then new arrangements of Ligeti's Études are Chopin Gone Wild. Steve Mackey provides a moving portrait of loneliness and delusion in his Grammy-winning "Slide", while Australian composer Brett Dean fills "Old Kings in Exile" with hallucinatory dreams and threatening night-terrors. Brand new music by two indie darlings rounds out the bill. The National's guitarist Bryce Dessner delves into the dark and dangerous caverns of early American murder ballads, while Nico Muhly's "Doublespeak" buzzes with quicksilver brilliance.