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Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab Showcase in Ojai, CA

  • Zalk Theater 8585 Ojai Road Ojai, CA, 93023 United States (map)

Catch the premiere of my newest piece for percussion and trumpet: "Otto's Ornithopter."

This is the culmination of my two weeks spent with the amazing folks of Eighth Blackbird! 

Music for Trains • Ken Thomson
Brandon Quarles, soprano saxophone;
Hunter Bockes, alto saxophone; Jordan Lulloff, tenor saxophone;
János Csontos, baritone saxophone

yes I said yes I will Yes • Amy Beth Kirsten
Amy Petrongelli, soprano; Nicholas Photinos, cello

Coming Together • Derek Bermel
Luke Ellard, clarinet; Jake Saunders, cello

Coming Together • Frederic Rzewski
(arr. Matt Albert)
Amy Petrongelli, speaker; Sarah Carrier, flute;
Ashleé Miller, clarinet; Maiani da Silva, violin;
Nicholas Photinos, cello; Kevin Rank, marimba


Otto’s Ornithopter* • Nick Benavides
Allison Wright, trumpet; Nicole Patrick, Daniel Reifsteck,
Jessica Tsang, Karen Yu, percussion

Turadh* • Annika Socolofsky
The Parhelion Trio
Sarah Carrier, flute; Ashleé Miller, clarinet; 
Andrea Christie, piano

Burnt* • Oliver Lewin
Andrea Edith Moore, Amy Petrongelli, sopranos;
Nick Zoulek, alto saxophone; Maiani da Silva, violin;
Lisa Kaplan, piano

Dwalm* • Gemma Peacocke
Brandon Quarles, soprano saxophone;
Hunter Bockes, alto saxophone; Jordan Lulloff, tenor saxophone;
János Csontos, baritone saxophone; Xuan, video artist

*Commissioned by Elizabeth and Justus Schlicting for the 2018 Blackbird Creative Laboratory

Peter Ferry, Production/Stage Manager
Matthew McCabe, Technical Director
Keithlyn B. Parkman, Lighting Designer
Justin Peters, Assistant Stage Manager
Alex Monroe, Production Assistant
Wyndhem Ennaembra, Intern
Kelly Kasle, Intern


Blackbird Creative Lab is a tuition-free, two-week immersive experience that combines the idyllic seclusion of an artist retreat, the intense camaraderie of a chamber music intensive, and the practical skills of a leadership program. Located on the bucolic campus of the Besant Hill School in the Ojai Valley, 24 performing artists and six composers from around the world gather each summer to develop and realize their own dream projects in addition to exploring and performing works written for The Lab. Chicago-based chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird are founders of The Lab, and its members serve as the program’s core instrumental faculty. Utilizing their signature learn-by-doing approach, Eighth Blackbird coaches and mentors while playing alongside the fellows, who also benefit from the guidance of two composers and one multidisciplinary artist on faculty. Augmenting the faculty is a diverse array of visiting guest artists who give seminars on topics ranging from Carnatic rhythm to public speaking.  This unprecedented new program is designed to inspire, empower and equip the next generation of artists to become provocateurs and leaders of their communities.

This concert will premiere work commissioned for the Lab, as well as performances from this year’s Lab fellows. 

The Blackbird Creative Lab is supported in part by the Colburn Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit


Later Event: September 30
Nomad Session at SF Music Day