by Whet Moser
Wow: Steve Reich wrote a piece for the great local new-music ensemble eighth blackbird, which they've been rehearsing. (If Reich is going to be writing for local groups, he should consider doing some field recording in Union Station, where the cacophonous, out-of-phase audio locators for each track--presumably for the blind--always make me think of his work Different Trains.)
This Saturday eighth blackbird plays the Harris Theater, performing works from their 2006 album strange imaginary animals, as well as Cliff Colnot's arrangement of Radiohead's "Dollars and Cents," with live remixing by composer Dennis DeSantis. Check out their blog for more on the performance, as well as instructions for getting an invite to their "very open rehearsal" concerts.