Cedille Records announced the release of Meanwhile by Stephen Hartke on an upcoming Eighth Blackbird album scheduled for 2012. The 17-minute work for flute, clarinet; viola, cello, percussion and piano incorporates various forms of Asian court and theater music from Japanese Bunraku, to Vietnamese water puppets, both Indonesian and Turkish shadow puppets, to classic Burmese court theater. Eighth Blackbird commissioned Meanwhile and has programmed the work frequently in concerts since its composition in 2007. Their new recording will represent the first commercial release. For more information regarding this or other compositions by Stephen Hartke, email Keiser Classical.