June 23, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Zalk Theater, Besant Hill School - Ojai, CA
8585 N Ojai Rd
Ojai, CA 93023


ice ‘n’ SPICE* • Nina Shekhar
Nathalie Joachim, flute; Luke Ellard, clarinet;
Elly Toyoda, violin; Jake Saunders, cello;
Evangeline Werger, piano; Kevin Rank, percussion

Hear Me* • Liza Sobel
Sarah Gibson & Thomas Kotcheff, piano

Kivalina • Kamala Sankaram
Andrea Edith Moore, soprano; Elly Toyoda, violin;
Xuan, video artist

Pattycake • Sean Griffin
Thomas Kotcheff & Kevin Rank, performers

Emphasis Has Shifted* • Xuan
Allison Wright, electronics; Nicole Patrick, drum set;
Xuan, video artist


Credo in Us • John Cage
Evangeline Werger, piano; Jessica Tsang, electronics
Matthew Duvall & Karen Yu, percussion;


alphabeta • Eric Wubbels
Sarah Gibson, Thomas Kotcheff, piano;
Matthew Duvall, Daniel Reifsteck, percussion


Stay On It • Julius Eastman
Brandon Quarles, Jordan Lulloff,
Hunter Bockes, Nick Zoulek, saxophones;
Evangeline Werger, piano; Matthew Duvall, percussion

*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 http://www.arts.gov.