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Jason Charney
I Care If You Listen, December 2016

That Eighth Blackbird performs this work as a single suite showcases the unity and strength of Sleeping Giant’s composers, perhaps to a fault: sometimes the techniques feel predictable, the emotional landscape inviting but static. However, the performances are excellent and there’s a lot to uncover in Hand Eye, even in music is so readily accessible at first listen. © 2016 I Care If You Listen Read complete review



George Adams
American Record Guide, July 2016

Cast is a gorgeous, delicately constructed sonic mural that is easily my favorite piece here. …The whole program is a refreshing reminder that there is plenty of interesting music left to be written. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, July 2016

Hand Eye is a fascinating exploration of cross-pollinating expressivity in two different artistic idioms. Fresh, clever, witty, often touching, frequently insightful: It is a moving and entertaining experience that, while clearly contemporary, may well appeal to those with more traditional tastes in chamber music, as well. The quality of the performances go without saying… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review




Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, June 2016

…this album is a fascinating collection of vignettes that hang together in a remarkable fashion for a “collective” effort. The contrast among the movements is excellent… The music itself is quite alluring, ranging in style and intent, quiet and subdued to the most energetic and exciting. © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, June 2016

…Eight Blackbird teamed up with a composers’ collective called Sleeping Giant to create this program of six short pieces by six composers. Each piece is inspired by a work of modern art from the private collection of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, and the styles vary from the sweetly whimsical to the shimmeringly impressionistic to the spiky-but-lyrical. All of it maintains that delicate balance between modernist and approachable for which Eighth Blackbird has become justly famous. © 2016 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, May 2016

The ultimate effect is of something seminal, a romp through a series of many faceted works iconically post-modern, elementally, radically tonal at times, always filled with vivid tone-color painting, distinctive parts of an ultra-contemporary whole.

Nothing sounds derivative, nothing settles into minimalist orthodoxy, but instead ever sets about creating novel and musically rich dwellings for us to inhabit for a short while, only to move on to the next. It is music most originally conceived by Sleeping Giant and superbly performed by Eighth Blackbird. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review




Infodad.com, May 2016

This is one of those projects that proclaims itself totally contemporary, with-it, avant-garde, up-to-date, and so forth, …Hand Eye is an interesting experiment in melding modern visual and aural art, …Eighth Blackbird plays the music commendably… © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review



Textura, May 2016

…Eighth Blackbird performs each piece with gusto, and certainly any post-minimalist composer would be thrilled to see his/her material taken under the outfit’s wing. © 2016 Textura Read complete review



Elliot Wright
The WholeNote, April 2016

…Eighth Blackbird strides over the boundary between inspiration and art. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review



Bob Neill
Positive Feedback Online, April 2016

…all of it is great fun to listen to. The music was clearly composed with the sound and musical personality of Eighth Blackbird in mind. Much of it is bold, percussive, high contrast. …The music is brimful of fascinating contemporary imaginative energy, so much so I found I couldn’t take my ears off of it. © 2016 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review



Daniel Stephen Johnson
WQXR (New York), April 2016

Fast on the heels of chamber sextet eighth blackbird’s Filament, the Philip Glass homage that allowed the sextet to toss a fourth Grammy award onto its heap of laurels, Hand Eye, an album of music composed by the Sleeping Giant collective, is every bit as vigorously, flawlessly performed as their previous endeavor. This is, after all, eighth blackbird. © 2016 WQXR (New York) Read complete review




Andrew Clements
The Guardian, March 2016

What is most striking about the suite, apart from the brilliance and immediacy of Eighth Blackbird’s performances, is the lack of sameness in the individual pieces. …Some of the music, such as Cerrone’s South Catalina, is bright, shiny, outgoing; other pieces, such as Hearne’s By-By Huey, are darker and more conflicted. © 2016 The Guardian Read complete review





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