Newsbits: Eighth Blackbird / The Thing / ICE / Lopez

Modern classical ensemble the Eighth Blackbird is playing Chicago tonight and Saturday.

In an odd mix, free-jazz group The Thing is collaborating with Don Cherry‘s daughter, Neneh, on covers of tracks by Suicide, the Stooges, MF Doom, Cherry’s father, and more.

The International Contemporary Ensemble have announced their collaborators for 2013: Martin Hiendl and Monica Duncan, Sasha Siem, Felipe Lara, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Daniel R. Dehaan, and Maria Stankova.

Stephan Moore and ISSUE Project Room have commissioned a new piece by sound artist Francisco López for Moore’s unique multi-channel sound system, and it will be performed on Saturday night.