Eighth Blackbird


Eighth Blackbird moves music forward through innovative performance, advocacy for music by living composers, and its legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians.

Hailed as ‚Äúone of the smartest, most dynamic ensembles on the planet‚ÄĚ (Chicago Tribune), Eighth Blackbird [8BB] has been operating for 27 years, beginning in 1996 as a group of six undergraduates and continuing under the leadership of two founding members, Lisa Kaplan, Pianist | Executive Director, and Matthew Duvall, Percussionist | Artistic Director.

8BB is firmly entrenched in the fabric of creative music, cited as ‚Äúa brand-name defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality‚ÄĚ (Detroit Free Press).