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Members of eighth blackbird performing at the pre-telecast Grammy Awards Sunday.
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February 11, 2013 Hear eighth blackbird play Grammy winning music by Stephen Hartke. And the hosts of Deceptive Cadence team up to examine the classical winners at the 55th Grammy Awards, from two very belated Lifetime Achievement honors to the nonsense of the "Classical Compendium" category.
October 3, 2011 To celebrate the composer's 75th birthday, we've invited musicians who have collaborated with Reich as well as NPR friends to reflect on the pieces they adore.
Steve Reich takes a bow at his 75th birthday concert at Carnegie Hall alongside members of the Kronos Quartet and So Percussion.
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May 2, 2011 In his most recent works, the composer reveals fresh insights into the business of being human — nearly three-quarters of a century after his birth.
Tim Munro's guiltiest pleasure: The Swingle Singers.
March 19, 2011 Flutist Tim Munro, from the group eighth blackbird, recalls how the lush sounds of romanticism helped him come down from his high modernism high.
Tim Munro was enraptured with violinist Patricia Kopanchiskaja's energetic style.
December 10, 2010 The eighth blackbird flutist was floored -- and inspired -- after hearing the fiery violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja perform with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Her Vivaldi was "thrilling and savage."
Tim Munro of eighth blackbird became enamored with Charles Ives' bizzare soundscape.
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September 14, 2010 The flutist from the ensemble eighth blackbird recalls the odd and powerful sounds of Charles Ives he discovered in a grade school music class. It would lead him to a world of contemporary composers whose music Munro proudly calls "my rock 'n' roll."
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The new CD of music by composer Steve Reich pairs the Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet with the rock-inflected 2x5.
September 5, 2010 The composer's innovations have been distilled and polished to a new, compelling sheen in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet and the new, rock-inflected 2x5. Hear both works here until they're released on Sept. 14.
April 20, 2009 Reich is the first Pulitzer winner from the generation of composers who developed the style called minimalism. His Double Sextet was designed to be performed by six musicians playing against a recording of themselves. It was premiered by the eclectic ensemble Eighth Blackbird.
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March 10, 2004 The contemporary classical sextet eighth blackbird has drawn attention from both critics and audiences for their performance and repertoire. The group will have its Carnegie Hall debut on March 10. NPR's Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr reports.
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