eighth blackbird, the University of Chicago Music Department’s ensemble-in-residence since 2000, was honored with a third Grammy on February 12 in Los Angeles.
The ensemble won Best Small Ensemble Performance for its recording of Steve Mackey’s “Lonely Motel: Music from Slide.”
The sextet won two Grammys in 2008 for Best Chamber Music Performance and Best Producer of the Year with their CD strange imaginary animals.
The group is named for the Wallace Stevens poem, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” Steven’s stanza for the eight blackbird reads:
“I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.”
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