2016 Grammy winner for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Celebrated new-music sextet eighth blackbird, whose last three Cedille Records albums garnered Grammy Awards, continues to soar with Filament, a sizzling selection of four world-premiere recordings, plus a concert performance of Philip Glass's influential "Two Pages." The title Filament symbolizes the strong ties of friendship and shared musical interests connecting the composers and performers on the album.
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.
|Nico Muhly (b. 1981)|
|Philip Glass (b. 1937|
|Son Lux (b. 1979)|