Awards & Reviews
‘A new breed of super-musicians. ’
‘Genre-twisting, avant-pop chamber music.’
‘Professionalism and proficiency amplified by that indefinable X factor, charisma.’
Rock stars of the classical world.
Described by the LA Times as a band of ‘super-musicians’, America’s Eighth Blackbird combines the finesse of a string quartet with the energy of a rock band.
This four-time Grammy Award-winning sextet revels in the works of contemporary classical music composers – played with love, virtuosity and a sense of adventure. This dynamic program features contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, and a world premiere by Australian composer Holly Harrison.
DESSNER Murder Ballades
HARRISON Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup (World Premiere)*
HEARNE By-By Huey
ANDRES Checkered Shade
*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project
Tour supported by the Musica Viva Amadeus Society