Episode 2 – Eighth Blackbird / Hand Eye
In the second episode, Lisa Kaplan, the pianist for Eighth Blackbird discusses the ensemble’s latest album Hand Eye. Lisa tells Steve and Jim about the origins of Eighth Blackbird, how the ensemble pushes artistic boundaries, and the inspiration behind the album. Eighth Blackbird won Grammy awards for all three of its Cedille recordings released between 2007 and 2013.
February is Black History Month and the month of Valentine’s Day. We recognize both with a playlist of pieces about or expressing love, written by Black composers and/or sung by Black performers, including numerous selections from Joseph Bologne’s late-18th century romcom, “L’Amant Anonyme”.
On this episode of Classical Chicago, Cedille President Jim Ginsburg talks with Chicago a cappella Artistic Director John William Trotter about his experience recording Cedille’s latest release, Miracle of Miracles — Music for Hanukkah. The album features a collection of songs from more than 25 years of Chicago a cappella performances, arranged into a single program that replays the story of Hanukkah.