Singing in the dead of night

Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird is a Chicago-based sextet known for its innovative performances at the forefront of contemporary classical music. The group was founded in 1996 by six Oberlin Conservatory students and soon was receiving review comments such as the Chicago Tribune’s “one of the smartest, most dynamic ensembles on the planet” and winning multiple Grammy Awards for its recordings. Its Performance Santa Fe-sponsored concert here is titled Phoenix, and it includes Andy Akiho’s Erase (which was composed for and dedicated to the group), Julius Eastman’s legendary Stay on It, from 1973 (an early and highly influential piece of minimalism), and Julia Wolfe’s restless, intense Singing in the Dead of Night, an aural depiction of the inspiration that often arises at that time. Music by Thomas Albert, Viet Cuong, Tyson J. Davis, and Jonathan Bailey Holland is also on the program. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave., $35-$95, 505-984-8759,

— Mark Tiarks/For The New Mexican

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