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Forming part of the a nod to Cage programme, Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird - a favourite of Steve Reich - show off their virtuosity and theatrical flair in an absorbing program of music.

Combining technical ability with a bracing sense of irreverence, this sextet debunks the myth that contemporary music is only for a cerebral few. Attracting audiences of all ages, eighth blackbird’s recordings and live performances sparkle with wit and physical energy, inhabiting and exploring sound-worlds with comfort, conviction, and infectious enthusiasm.

Eighth blackbird are lauded for their performing style which often sees them playing from memory. "It’s new music you can bring home to your mother" observed the Washington Post.

Thomas Adés takes us to a children's playground for the high-spirited hijinks of Catch, while LA-based Stephen Hartke's Meanwhile evokes the surreal world of an imaginary Asian court theater.

Music by three generations of New Yorkers rounds out the program. John Cage lets his hair down with the unhinged virtuosity of Aria, while Philip Glass' Music in Similar Motion transfixes with its hypnotic repetitions. Still Life with Avalanche by Missy Mazzoli gives musical form to a torrent of powerful emotions, and David Lang's these broken wings is a high-octane jam session.

'eighth blackbird play like musicians possessed; excited by the new, determined that their CD audiences will be too, they take wing, soaring on an upthrust of precision-tooled virtuosity.' - BBC Music

Missy Mazzoli Still Life with Avalanche (2008)
John Cage Aria (1958)
David Lang these broken wings (2007)
Philip Glass Music in Similar Motion (1969)
Thomas Ades Catch (1991)
Stephen Hartke Meanwhile (2007)

Tickets: £18 / £10 student & under 18s ticket
Doors: 7.30pm / performance starts: 8pm 
To book call 01424 229 111 or click the green button. 
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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Thu 12 May 2011
Tickets: Free entry

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