Eighth Blackbird


Tonight I saw ‘Grammy award winning’ Chicago ensemble eighth blackbird play for the first time – the name is a reference to the eighth stanza of Wallace Steven’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, and is one of the better ensemble names ever. I’ve been having lessons with Tim Munro, their flautist, who’s originally from Brisbane. Anyway, the standard of performance was incredibly high, but the music was …. well, let’s just say I wish they’d played this instead:

They’re touring this production of Pierrot in 2012, but not to Australia of course.

(Liam’s listening to Brahms now.)


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