From the New York Times: “Celebrating Electronics And Energy”
By ALLAN KOZINN
Published: May 24, 2011
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“New music is hardly scarce during the main part of the New York concert season, and spaces like Issue Project Room, Galapagos and the Tank specialize in it year round. But spring and summer are a virtually nonstop parade of festivals celebrating the experimental. Recent weeks have featured the MATA, Look & Listen and Keys to the Future festivals in rapid succession, and on Monday evening the Tribeca New Music Festival opened its 10th season with a tightly packed program performed by Ethel, the string quartet, and devoted almost entirely to premieres…This is a group that spends much of its time traveling the modern Silk Road, where caravans of avant-garde, pop, jazz and world music barter riffs and techniques. And its approach to sound — its players use electric instruments, often with processing devices — gives it an extraordinary flexibility. It prizes grittiness and punch as absolute values, but these expert players can produce a conventionally warm, unified tone when the music demands it. ”
Ethel The string quartet, featuring, from left, Ralph Farris, Mary Rowell, Cornelius Dufallo and Dorothy Lawson, performed at Merkin Concert Hall on Monday as part of the Tribeca New Music Festival.
Mr. Kozinn is the consummate critic. Read his full article about this band and these premiers.