Behind the scenes virtual LIVE event from Eighth Blackbird studios
Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, Eighth Blackbird – known world-wide as a super-group – has earned its status as a “brand name defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality . . . known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists.” Detroit Free Press
Eighth Blackbird first gained wide recognition in 1998 as winners of the Concert Artists Guild Competition. Over the course of two decades, the group has commissioned and premiered hundreds of works by composers such as David Lang, Steven Mackey, Missy Mazzoli, and Steve Reich, whose Double Sextet went on to win the 2009 Pulitzer Prize.
A long-term relationship with Chicago’s Cedille Records has produced eight acclaimed recordings and four Grammy Awards for Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance, most recently in 2016 for Filament. Eighth Blackbird was named Music America’s 2017 Ensemble of the Year, and in 2016 were the inaugural recipients of Chamber Music America’s Visionary Award and the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
The multiple Grammy Award winning ensemble is truly a Chicago treasure that continues to serve as a world-wide leader in moving music forward through innovative performance, advocating for music by living composers, and brilliantly guiding an emerging generation of musicians.
Participants must register by Noon on April 23rd to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall met and began making music together in curriculum ensembles at Oberlin College in 1992, driven by a compatible fascination with rigorous challenges and unexpected outcomes. Together with their ensemble mates, they created Eighth Blackbird, a four-time Grammy Award-winning sextet that commissions and champions the creation of new works, mentors emerging artists through the Blackbird Creative Lab and extensive residencies, and expands the boundaries of the concert experience focusing on the principles of collaboration and inclusivity. Their fundamental goal of every artistic experience is community building for all constituents.
In addition to their world-traveling artistic exploits, Lisa and Matthew have ascended to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and descended into the basin of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, discovering that stage fright is nothing compared to being stared down by an elephant. And by the way, they were born in the same Motown hospital (but not on the same day). The universe has a sense of humor.
Lisa exceeded all prior accomplishments in 2017 by becoming a single mom by choice. She is having a joyous time raising and learning from her happy-go-lucky and feisty toddler, Frida. Lisa is a true foodie, gourmet cook, avid reader, and crossword and Scrabble addict. She enjoys baking ridiculously complicated pastry and loves outdoor adventures. In addition to the Kilimanjaro summit, she has braved the Australian outback and survived close encounters with grizzly bears in the Brooks Range of Alaska. Lisa is a 2013 recipient of Chicago’s prestigious 3Arts Award, and recently has enjoyed doing some composing and arranging for Eighth Blackbird. She co-produced her first album When We Are Inhuman (released August 2019) with Bryce Dessner which features her arrangements of songs by Will Oldham, aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.
Matthew is amazed every day that in spite of the completely weird artist/musician lifestyle he leads, he has the most supportive spouse and kids in the world (and two dogs, and a bearded dragon named Sammy). With this family that loves humor and travel and culture, there isn’t time for much else. Hobbies include playing the drums (he is sorry this is so predictable) in @dadbandband, doing odd jobs around the house (mostly rearranging the furniture), and participating in whatever the kids are interested in at any particular time. Matthew is an unparalleled virtuoso in the kitchen, able to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces from whatever leftovers are in the fridge. Personal preoccupations of late include site-specific curation projects, particularly in museum settings, and a series of projects focused on climate science.
Certified Career Coach and Career Industry Lead, HBS Club of Chicago
Charles Jett (MBA ’72) is an internationally certified professional career coach (CPCC, PCC, CPQC) specializing in career management, skill development, positive intelligence, and career crises. He is also the Chair of the Career Industry Sector of the HBS Club of Chicago and a former President of the Club. He is an Amazon best-selling author with six published books, three of them focusing on career issues. He is an internationally certified professional career coach (CPCC, PCC) specializing in career management, skill development and career crises. Charles spent his business career in management consulting and executive search as well as in the educational services area where he developed best-selling systems for managing work-based learning programs for high schools nationwide.
A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Charles served in the nuclear attack submarine force to build and operate a fast attack nuclear submarine conducting covert operations against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. He created the Geographic Plot to covertly trail Soviet submarines and simultaneously created the pre-deployment training programs for the Atlantic and Pacific nuclear submarine fleets. Charles has served as a member of the board of directors for two Grammy Award-winning musical ensembles.
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