The First Lady of Brazilian Jazz at the MCA
By Alexander Hough in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 31, 2009 3:00PM
Photo from the Museum of Contemporary Art
The first half of the concert will be performed by Chicago's own eighth blackbird, a resident ensemble of the University of Chicago's Contempo group. One of the best new music ensembles making the rounds these days, eighth blackbird plays most of their pieces from memory, allowing them to move around the stage while playing. The end result is something that sounds like a top-notch contemporary chamber group but looks more like a rock band. They'll play the Chicago premieres of works by Donald Crockett and Cambodian-American Chinary Ung, and a jazz-flavored duet for bass clarinet and baritone sax by Lee Hyla.