1. Tomas Gueglio - Knowledgeable Viuda

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    In the mythology of some countries of the southern part of South America the Viuda (Widow) is a female spectral entity that (due to a poorly thought-out deal with the devil) is bound to forever wander the large extensions of pampas killing any lone horsemen unfortunate enough to encounter her. Knowledgeable Viuda employs this mythological figure as a text and transforms via another: a brief paragraph from Berger and Luckmann’s seminal book The Social Construction of Reality. From this unlikely mixture a script is worked out in which varying degrees of “making sense” are traversed. The music parallels these trajectories by relating to the text through different levels of literality, at times mimicking the rhythms of the spoken word and at times connecting less linearly.

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    • DNA

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      My video that played at an Eighth Blackbird collaborative performance.

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      • Erase

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        Erase by Andy Akiho

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        • HAND EYE

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          Eighth Blackbird and Sleeping Giant collaboration project. Chicago 2014. www.eighthblackbird.org // www.sleepinggiantcomposers.com Commissioned by the Stuart and Maxine Frankel Foundation for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Visual arts production elements made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Film by Maren Celest.

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          • Reduce Trailer

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            By Stefanie Batten Bland 2014 University of Richmond Theater and Dance Dept & Modlin Center for the Arts Commission with Eighth Blackbird playing Missy Mazzoli "Still Life with Avalanche"

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            • eighth blackbird in Colombine's Paradise Theatre

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              The six musicians of eighth blackbird play, speak, sing, whisper, growl, and mime, breathing theatrical life into the timeless characters of the commedia dell'arte in Amy Beth Kirsten's "wildly imaginative" (Washington Post) Colombine's Paradise Theatre. The piece receives it's New York premiere on September 18, 2014 at Miller Theatre as part of "Heart & Breath", a 21st-century fantasia on 17th-century Italian music and theater. More information and tickets at http://www.millertheatre.com/events/heart-breath

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              • Murder Ballades on Chicago Tonight

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                Footage of eighth blackbird's rehearsal for the 6/9/14 WFMT broadcast, originally aired on WTTW's Chicago Tonight!

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                • eighth blackbird- Colombine's Paradise Theater Trailer

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                  COLOMBINE'S PARADISE THEATRE Composed by Amy Beth Kirsten Directed and Designed by Mark DeChiazza Produced/ Performed by eighth blackbird “[Colombine's Paradise Theater is] wildly imaginative … a tour de force … It’s a darkly beautiful love story that’s steeped in myth yet utterly modern.” Washington Post Lingering in a world between death and life, torn between desire and truth, Colombine is caught in a haunted loop. The possessive Harlequin and the lovelorn Pierrot orbit around her in a fight for both her heart and soul. Composer and Guggenheim Fellow Amy Beth Kirsten’s fragile, seductive music has been described as “torrential and haunting.” The six musicians of multi-Grammy­-winning ensemble eighth blackbird play, speak, sing, whisper, growl and mime, breathing theatrical life into the commedia dell’arte characters of Colombine’s Paradise Theatre, a musical tale of love and death, dream and delusion. Preceding Kirsten’s work is a first half that spans three centuries but is unified in its passionate attention to the themes of heart and breath. As a curtain­-raiser to this love­-haunted show, eighth blackbird presents a set of love songs through the ages, from Machaut's courtly love and Monteverdi's "little death" to early American folk ballads. 14/15 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago 9/12, 7:30p (MORE INFO HERE: http://www2.mcachicago.org/event/eighth-blackbird-heart-and-breath-2/) Miller Theater in NYC 9/18, 8p (MORE INFO HERE: http://www.millertheatre.com/events/heart-breath)

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                  • Colombine's Paradise Theatre (2 min trailer)

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                    • 6/19 Loops & Variations Trailer with David Csicsko and Michael Ward-Bergeman

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                      Michael Ward-Bergeman and David Csicsko collaborated together to promote eighth blackbird's performance, featuring Michael Ward-Bergeman, at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on June 19 at 6:30 pm. The performance is free and open to the public! See the link below for more details about Loops & Variations: cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park2.html Video filmed and edited by Izzy Olive

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