Eighth Blackbird’s Still in Motion at New York’s Kitchen this Week

From The Kitchen:

eighth blackbird: Still in Motion

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

eighth blackbird combines the virtuosity of a string quartet with the energy of a storefront theater company. This three-time Grammy-winning “super-ensemble” brings a very special program to The Kitchen, full to the brim with New York premieres. 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.