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Reviews, mentions, and interviews

Photo courtesy of University of Oregon, Eugene 2023


In a recent Musical America review of a live performance of the work, Hannah Edgar writes: “composition as explanation has legs — long ones. Lang’s setting is every bit as witty, circular, and self-referential as Stein’s own prose; it’s rare, not to mention utterly satisfying, to hear a work that so completely embodies its text. To invoke Stein, one suspects composition as explanation will be a work of our time for many times to come.”

Read: Here

Eighth Blackbird's Upcoming Release Pushes Boundaries
Cedille Records

This still-unofficial genre, which falls in the cracks between music and theater, has been a conundrum for marketing professionals for over two decades. Nonetheless, this playground between disciplines is an inevitable extension of Eighth Blackbird’s inner workings. It is both the guts and the bones of their artistry.

The album, recorded in September 2023, is scheduled for July 2024 release.

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Leading Contemporary Classical Musicians To Perform In 2023 Unfiltered Music Festival At FOTOGRAFISKA NEW YORK
Published April 21, 2023
by A. A Cristi

The ensemble will share music by some of the most exciting voices in contemporary music including Viet Cuong, Valerie Coleman, Julius Eastman, and Andy Akiho.

Read: Here

Yale News: Office Hours with...Maiani da Silva
Published March 23, 2023
by Susan Gonzalez

Violinist Maiani da Silva describes the “artistic agency” she feels performing new music, and a new project that is addressing the climate crisis.

Read: Here

The Violin Channel 
Published March 15, 2023 

Blackbird Creative Lab Announces 2023 Cohort

Read: Here

The New Yorker
Notable Performances and Recordings 2020

Productions by the Los Angeles-based opera visionary Yuval Sharon have appeared on my end-of-year lists in five out of the past six years, and with good reason: no one in the field has been as consistently creative or daring. The first of two astounding Sharon projects in 2020 was “Sweet Land,” an outdoor opera that meditated on the plundering of Native American lands by colonizers. The score was a joint effort by the composers Du Yun and Raven Chacon

Classical 91.5 WXXI-FM

Published January 26, 2023 at 12:23 PM EST

Eighth Blackbird join Kinds of Kings for the debut of a new work, SymphonyCast, Feb 17 @ 8pm

Eighth Blackbird; Kinds of Kings; Cincinnati Symphony; Louis Langree, conductor. 

Read/Listen: HERE

"It is rare indeed to be transported by music so glorious, so seemingly endless that your only wish is to capture the moment to avoid the inevitable ending of an enthralling experience." Read: HERE

Palestra webinar: 
Livro: O Anel de Giges – uma fantasia ética , Palestrante: Eduardo Giannetti

Meu arranjo de Quando O Carnaval Chegar (Chico Buarque), mencionado durante a palestra de Eduardo Giannetti no Instituto de Engenharia. Agradeço ao Instituto por incluir o meu trabalho! 

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"Through music and acting, 8BB explored the daring, whimsical, complicated, and cyclical facets of Lang's interpretation of Stein. Watching each member of 8BB balance the music and text while maintaining the spirit of intent behind their actions was nothing short of spellbinding." –Josh Bottoms

Review: Cincinnati Business Courier

"The musicians of Eighth Blackbird were mesmerizing to watch and utterly committed to the music. They played with exuberance – especially Duvall on drums. Langrée and the orchestra collaborated with buoyant, sensitive playing. One can hope that “Nine Mothers” will have many more performances. The audience approved with a standing ovation." –Janelle Gelfand

"These three pieces work wonderfully together to deliver a memorable and engaging album. The interplay between piano, cello and violin is wonderfully constructed and expertly executed." –Darren Rea

Entrevista: "Tive um ensaio e, no dia a seguir estive na apresentação dos Óscares"


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"Don’t know how long this video of @eighthblackbird playing the world premiere of “Nine Mothers” by

@kindsofkings with @LouisLangree and the @CincySymphony last night will be available to stream for free… jump on it now so you don’t regret missing it." –Steve Smith

Entrevista: "Maiani da Silva tem uma história inspiradora. Natural da Bahia, no Brasil, cedo emigrou para os Estados Unidos da América, onde foi construindo um carreira sólida no violino." 


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"gefolgt von Streicherpassagen (...) die in ihrer dramatischer Intensität nur begeistern und einen mitreißen."

"The Summa Trio, another name new to me, catch the music’s energy and evocative qualities very nicely in naturally balanced sound. Recommended." – Guy Rickards

Interview: KUAF NPR
Maiani da Silva, Ashley Bathgate, Viet Cuong, and UArk'sChris Knighten

Eighth Blackbird (Maiani da Silva & Ashley Bathgate), Composer Viet Cuong Team with University of Arkansas Students. 


"Vollrath’s sure-handed scoring for violin, cello and piano creates effects almost orchestral in nature, ably performed by the Summa Trio, Los Angeles-based contemporary music specialists." -Michael Schulman

"If your New Year’s resolution involves stretching your ears to accommodate fresh sounds by innovative contemporary composers, both established and emerging, this invigorating double bill is just the ticket. The violin duo the Furies and the saxophone quartet ~Nois take on works by Eve Beglarian, Olga Neuwirth, Emma O’Halloran, Jennifer Walshe, Cassie Wieland, and others." –Steve Smith

 "Their all-female composer program at Scholes transcended any notion of re-balancing the scales: a daring, cutting, and vulnerable performance probed deep questions about human nature, both directly and abstractly." –Aaron Wolff

Interviewing The Furies on P.M.S. (People Menstruate Show)

Meet The Furies ahead of their show at Art Share

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