Contempo opens new year with bracing variety from eighth blackbird


By Elliot Mandel

The 2014 Contempo series at the University of Chicago kicked off Tuesday at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.  Top new-music ensembles eighth blackbird and Anubis Quartet were joined by mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley and clarinetist Daniel Won in five works by some of today’s leading composers.  All were written between 2008 and 2013 and bound together by non-musical inspiration, whether by word, image, or story.