Ethel

Ethel

January 29, 2003 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

TROY, N.Y.--iEAR presents is! pleased to announce Ethel in concert on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. in the West Hall Auditorium on the RPI campus. Ethel is taking the world by storm, quickly emerging as a powerful musical voice in the ever-evolving contemporary concert scene. This all-star foursome - Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson ('cello), Todd Reynolds (violin) and Mary Rowell (violin) - has stretched itself far past the limits of taste, genre and style to embrace a music which arises from the context of our time. Andante.com calls Ethel a "mighty amplified force" that has "...style, breadth, power, chops and rock 'n' roll spirit." Since the group's appearance on the scene in 1998, Ethel has brought to its music an exciting, beautiful and rare combination of tastes and talents that has developed from each member's unique experiences in the music world. Members of Ethel have performed and/or recorded with Bang On A Can, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony, the Steve Reich Ensemble and with artists Sheryl Crow, Roger Daltrey, Reba McEntire and Yo Yo Ma, among many others. Ethel's penchant for improvisation and theater is instrumental to its group philosophy and aesthetic. These "serious" musicians in fact consider "show-biz" as part of their artistic arsenal. One of the band's most distinctive programming options uses improvisation to weave composed pieces together, creating a seamless, flowing concert experience. Ethel does the deed with irreverence and panache - listeners are enveloped by the sounds of amplified strings as they are taken on an intense and muscular ride of arena-rock proportions. Ethel has been presented in feature performances around New York at the Flea Theater, Galapagos Art Space and The Cutting Room and has played festivals including the recent String Summit at The Kitchen (New York), Great Day in New York at Merkin Hall and Bang On A Can Marathons in New York and Hamburg, Germany. Ethel has displayed its boundary-crossing talents in collaboration with the most prominent and exciting artists on the scene. The group has recorded with pop musicians such as Joe Jackson and Rickie Lee Jones, experimental artists Dick Connette and "Blue" Gene Tyranny, and on film scores by Don Byron and Benny Wallace. Ethel has shared the stage with ensembles such as the Prism Saxophone Quartet and Ensemble Moderne and with individual artists such as acclaimed singer/songwriter Dayna Kurtz and Bang On A Can All Star clarinetist and composer Evan Ziporyn. This concert has been sponsored by iEAR presents!, and funded in part by Meet The Composer, Inc. For more iEAR presents! information, visit www.arts.rpi.edu/events or call (518) 276-8362
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