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“Stage animals as well as outstanding chamber players, Eighth Blackbird perform with a freedom almost unheard of in their technically demanding repertoire.” —The Sunday Telegraph
“Watching Eighth Blackbird in action, you envied a composer’s opportunity to challenge these versatile, expressive performers.” —Steve Smith, New York Times
“The blackbirds are examples of a new breed of super-musicians. They perform the bulk of their new music from memory. They have no need of a conductor, no matter how complex the rhythms or balances. They are […] stage animals, often in motion, enacting their scores as they play them. They are without stylistic allegiances. Minimalism, Post-Minimalism, experimentalism, New Romanticism, old Expressionism, rock, smooth jazz, not-so-smooth jazz all come easily and naturally.” —Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
“…one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet.” — Chicago Tribune