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Celebrated new-music sextet eighth blackbird, whose last three Cedille Records albums garnered Grammy awards, continues to soar with Filament, a selection of four world premiere recordings plus a concert performance of Philip Glass's influential Two Pages. Filament offers first recordings of Bryce Dessner's Murder Ballades, a fresh and surprisingly upbeat take on a macabre genre of folk music; Nico Muhly's Doublespeak, an homage to Glass and the insistent, propulsive repetitions of classic minimalism; and short pieces by Son Lux, To Love and This is my Line," creative remixes of sounds from other tracks on the CD. Dessner, on guitar, and Muhly, on organ, join eighth blackbird for Glass's Two Pages, recorded live-in-concert at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. A sextet of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano, eighth blackbird combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band, and the audacity of a storefront theater company.


"Filament's high point is a high octane and highly coordinated performance of Glass's Two Pages. A single, propulsive line that can be played by any combination of instruments: the elements couldn't be more minimalist in conception, but the execution is anything but."
--Christian Carey, Sequenza21.com, October 15, 2015

"Eighth Blackbird's Filament won Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, and Augustin Hadelich's performance of Dutilleux's violin concerto L'arbre des songes took Best Classical Instrumental Solo."
--Jay Gabler, February 15, 2016

"Ensemble eighth blackbird received its fourth Grammy for best chamber music/small ensemble performance" --WQXR 2016 Classical Music Grammy Winners, February 16, 2016

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  • Composer: Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Son Lux, Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (September 11, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cedille
  • ASIN: B012SOT44I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,615 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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