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Artists in Residence (2014-2015)

eighth blackbirdeighth blackbird
About the Artists

eighth blackbird combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band, and the audacity of a storefront theater company. The Chicago-based, three-time Grammy-winning "super-musicians" (LA Times) entertain and provoke audiences across the country and around the world.

In the group's new staged, memorized production Colombine's Paradise Theatre, composer Amy Beth Kirsten challenges the sextet to play, speak, sing, whisper, growl, and mime, breathing life into this tale of dream and delusion. Performances have taken place at the University of Richmond, as well as DC's Atlas Arts, and it has been called a "Tour de Force" by the Washington Post

The 2013/14 season's acoustic program, Still in Motion, features new works by The National's Bryce Dessner (the folk-inspired Murder Ballades), Steve Mackey (music from his Grammy-winning Slide), and Australian composer Brett Dean (the searing Old Kings in Exile). eighth blackbird brings this show to Ohio, Missouri, Idaho, Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, and California.

For more information about eighth blackbird, please visit their website at www.eighthblackbird.org.

Scheduled Appearances

Performance/Lecture
Sunday, November 9th at 8:00pm
Ewell Recital Hall
Free admission

Master Class
Monday, November 10th at 10:00am
Ewell Recital Hall

Performance/Lecture
Sunday, March 15th at 8:00pm
Kimball Theatre
Free admission

Master Class
Monday, March 16th at 9:00am
Ewell Recital Hall

Kareem Roustom
Kareem Roustom
About the Artist

Kareem Roustom is an Emmy-nominated composer who has composed music for film, television, the concert hall, and album projects. Steeped in the musical traditions of the Near East and trained in Western concert music and jazz, Syrian-born Kareem Roustom is a musically bilingual composer who has collaborated with a wide variety of artists ranging from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Shakira, The Kronos Quartet, to a recent commission for Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. An active composer of film music, Roustom's scores have earned him an Emmy nomination, a fellowship to the Sundance Film Composers Lab, and acclaim in reviews by the Hollywood Reporter and Variety, among other awards.

For more information about Kareem Roustom, please visit his website at www.kr-music.com.

Schedule Appearances

Amreeka Film Screening/Discussion
Wednesday, October 1st at 8:00pm
Tucker 127A

Concert with W&M Middle Eastern Music Ensemble and W&M Gallery Players
Friday, February 20th at 7:30pm
Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre
Free admission

Concert with W&M Middle Eastern Music Ensemble
Friday, April 10th at 7:30pm
Kimball Theatre
Free admission