Date/Time: Thursday, April 14, 6 PM – 10 PM
Location: Gervais and Gist Riverwalk
Happy Hour Food/Drinks: 6 PM – 8 PM
Earsight Duo: 6:30 PM
eighth blackbird: 8 PM
In collaboration with the Indie Grits Festival and Southern Exposure at USC, eighth blackbird will kick-off the 2016 Indie Grits Festival with their HAND EYE project.
A sextet of progressive and singular musicians, known for their multiple grammy-award-winning music and collaborations, as well as recipients of the MacArthur “Genius Grant”, eighth blackbird will be coupled with site-specific live performance visuals–featuring new work from past Indie Grits filmmakers and the 2016 festival theme, WATERLINES.
Hailed as “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune), eighth blackbird is known for working spontaneously, from memory, with very organic and present performance, making them ideal candidates to match our live visual creations.
Indie Grits filmmaker alumnus and new media specialist, Patrick Nugent, will orchestrate a visual performance to accompany the music of eighth blackbird. Patrick’s site-specific visual installation will feature archival footage from USC’s Moving Image Research Collection and found footage from the Waterlines video archive collected from the recent catastrophic flooding that hit Columbia.
Come to the banks of the Congaree and witness a bold exploration of the marriage between sound and image with this unique event!
For a look at past opening night events, check out our festival archive.