Articles for Nov 08

UK premiere for Culture city

On Friday 21 November, GRAMMY award-winning ensemble, eighth blackbird, are to perform their energetic new programme, The Only Moving Thing, as part of this year's Cornerstone Festival.

The contemporary classical sextet are visiting the UK from the USA, and are widely lauded for their performance style (often playing from memory with virtuosic and theatrical flair) and their efforts to make new music accessible to wide audiences.

Their rendition of a new composition by Steve Reich - Double Sextet - combines simultaneously live and pre-recorded performances.

Reich, who has been recognised internationally as one of the world's foremost living composers, received a Grammy award in 1990 for Different Trains and compositions including City Life and Proverb have met with widespread acclaim.

This new piece, co-commissioned for Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008, represents a return to the rhythmic intensity that is synonymous with his most venerable works.

Singing in the Dead of Night - a continuous weave of music and motion born of an intrepid collaboration between maverick composers David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe and New York choreographer Susan Marshall - forms the second part of the concert, which will see eighth blackbird at their most vivid and theatrical.

Fiona Gasper, Executive Producer of Liverpool Culture Company, said: "eighth blackbird are a thrilling addition to Liverpool's Capital of Culture celebrations and it is an honour to host the European premiere of Steve Reich's new work. We look forward to welcoming the group to the stage."

eighth blackbird will perform The Only Moving Thing on Friday 21 November at St George's Concert Room, Liverpool.

Tickets are priced 15/12 - book yours now by contacting the Cornerstone Festival box office on 0151 291 3578 or go to www.hope.ac.uk/cornerstone/festival