Blackbird Creative Lab Announces 2023 Cohort
Twenty composers and performers of contemporary music will take part in the prestigious two-week program
Run by Eight Blackbird, the Blackbird Creative Lab is a two-week immersive program for composers and performers of contemporary classical music. In 2023, the prestigious program will take place between May 21 and June 4 at the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.
Each year, up to twenty artists (comprised of both composers and performers) are selected to participate in the Lab. The selected artists receive the opportunity to rehearse and play side-by-side with the members of Eighth Blackbird and participate in daily coaching sessions, salons, workshops, and presentations with faculty, guest artists, and field leaders.
Alongside rehearsing and performing, the artists receive practical support in developing entrepreneurial skills, with an emphasis on curating, branding, and promoting their work in the modern world.
The selected artists for the 2023 Lab are as follows:
- Ethan Cowburn, percussion
- Noelia Cruz, violin
- Tyler Eschendal, composer
- Claudia Fuller, violin
- Andres Guerra, guitar
- Max Hammond, piano
- Noel Holloway, percussion
- Michelle Hromin, clarinet,
- Asuka Kakitani, composer
- Daniel Knapp, cello
- Alexandra Koi, voice
- Wenbin Lyu, composer
- Sophie Mathieu, composer
- Ceridwen McCooey, cello
- Anna Murray, composer
- Christian Quiñones, composer
- Eliza Shepard, flute
- Kathryn Sloat, harp
- Aris Sussman, composer
- Kathryn Vetter, clarinet
In 2023, the Lab's faculty are composers Joan Tower, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Viet Cuong; media artist Pamela Z, and director Christopher Murrah.
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