The ever-innovative and intrepid new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird took inspiration from the title track of their new Cedille album, “Meanwhile” to create a quirky and entertaining video promoting the release. Underscored by their spellbinding performance of Stephen Hartke’s eponymous chamber piece which the group commissioned and feature on the album, the musicians’ enact stylized domestic scenes in a nod to the puppet theater genres, riffing on similar themes which fueled Hartke’s original score.
Also just out on Delos is Chamber Music Northwest’s latest album, David Shifrin and Friends, featuring Stephen Hartke’s The Horse With the Lavender Eye for clarinet, violin and piano. This marks the second commercial release for this work, after the 2009 Chandos CD (10513). Stephen Hartke’s music is available from Keiser Classical.