Eighth Blackbird: Hand Eye
Hand Eye brings together a musical dream team featuring two-time Grammy Award-winning sextet, eighth blackbird, and Sleeping Giant, superstar collective of composers, for an evening-length work fizzing with the alchemy of twelve distinct artistic personalities.
Hand Eye transports us to a soul-studded jam session (Ted Hearne), the buzzing contagion of an internet meme (Andrew Norman), a high-velocity adventure-ride (Robert Honstein), a shimmering yet blinding landscape (Christopher Cerrone), the flickering and pulsing of ink on paper (Timo Andre). Add stage designer Deborah Johnson, creator of performance visuals for Wilco, Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent, to the mix, and you have an evening of dramatic music-making.
The six pieces that comprise Hand Eye are Checkered Shade by Timo Andres, South Catalina by Chris Cerrone, Conduit by Robert Honstein, Mine, Mime, Meme by Andrew Norman, By-By Huey by Ted Hearne, and Cast by Jacob Cooper. These pieces were inspired by works of art in the private collection of Maxine and Stuart Frankel.