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  • richardmitnick 2:24 PM on June 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 20th Anniversary Conert, ETHEL, it's a concert celebration!, It's not just a party   

    From ETHEL: “It’s not just a party, it’s a concert celebration!” 


    From ETHEL

    Wednesday June 20, 2018
    7-10pm
    Gibney Dance
    280 Broadway (entrance on 53A Chambers)

    In addition to honoring Bang on a Can founders, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang, ETHEL’s 2018 benefit will include an exclusive concert featuring artists that chronicle ETHEL’s story: its past, present, and future!

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    Hailing from Chicago with the mantra, “put down the guns and pick up a drum,” the Great Legacy Drumline joins ETHEL for a brilliant, high energy performance, kicking off the night with a bang! ETHEL first worked with Legacy members in 2008, in one of the very first TruckStop® collaborations, at Dominican University. ​

    2
    Dayna Kurtz invited ETHEL to appear at Joe’s Pub for their first appearance at the venue in 2000. The band has been collaborating with her ever since. Dayna will add dazzling, exquisite vocals to her benefit performance with ETHEL.

    3
    Also featured on the 2018 concert lineup is violist, Lashonda Love. Lashonda, a recent graduate of Denison University, studied with ETHEL at Denison during each of their four years as Ensemble-in-Residence and collaborated with the quartet at the ’17 commencement when they received honorary degrees.

    COME FOR A BUFFET DINNER AND DRINKS
    STAY FOR AN EXCLUSIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE
    YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!

    BUY TICKETS NOW

    See the full article here.


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    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    ETHEL

    ETHEL is: Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello) and Corin Lee (violin).

    ETHEL was established in New York City in 1998, quickly earning a reputation as one of America’s most adventurous string quartets—heirs to the likes of the Kronos Quartet and Soldier String Quartet, and part of a generation of young artists blending uptown, conservatory musicianship with downtown genre-crossing—by playing with the intensity and accoutrements of a rock band. The New York Times has described them as “indefatigable and eclectic,” and The New Yorker has deemed them “vital and brilliant.” Nearly two decades into their singular career, ETHEL has in turn become seminal in its own right, a path-breaker for countless new genre-spanning ensembles, and a prolific commissioner of new music.

    At the heart of ETHEL is a collaborative ethos—a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community. The quartet creates and tours rich, often multimedia, productions including the evening-length ETHEL’s Documerica, inspired by the tens of thousands of images shot as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decadelong Project Documerica, launched in 1971; The River, a collaboration with Taos Pueblo flutist Robert Mirabal (album released June 2016); the introspective Grace, featuring ETHEL’s arrangements of music by Ennio Morricone and Jeff Buckley; and Blue Dress, which pays homage to women making their musical mark on the 21st century.

    ETHEL has collaborated with artists including David Byrne, Bang on a Can All Stars, Kaki King, Todd Rundgren, Joe Jackson, Ursula Oppens, Juana Molina, Tom Verlaine, STEW, Andrew Bird, Thomas Dolby, Jeff Peterson, Laurence Hobgood, Jake Shimabukuro and Vijay Iyer.

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 7:15 AM on May 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ETHEL,   

    From ETHEL: “ETHEL’s +Factor Award Benefit” 


    From ETHEL

    Join us for ETHEL’s

    20th Anniversary Celebration!

    Wednesday June 20, 2018

    Honoring peerless new music champions

    and Bang on a Can founders

    Michael Gordon, David Lang

    and Julia Wolfe
    with our annual ETHEL +Factor Award

    Hosted by John Schaefer

    Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center

    280 Broadway

    New York, New York 10007

    Please visit the full article web page for ticketing as there is no link for tickets.

    See the full article here.

    ETHEL

    ETHEL is: Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello) and Corin Lee (violin).

    ETHEL was established in New York City in 1998, quickly earning a reputation as one of America’s most adventurous string quartets—heirs to the likes of the Kronos Quartet and Soldier String Quartet, and part of a generation of young artists blending uptown, conservatory musicianship with downtown genre-crossing—by playing with the intensity and accoutrements of a rock band. The New York Times has described them as “indefatigable and eclectic,” and The New Yorker has deemed them “vital and brilliant.” Nearly two decades into their singular career, ETHEL has in turn become seminal in its own right, a path-breaker for countless new genre-spanning ensembles, and a prolific commissioner of new music.

    At the heart of ETHEL is a collaborative ethos—a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community. The quartet creates and tours rich, often multimedia, productions including the evening-length ETHEL’s Documerica, inspired by the tens of thousands of images shot as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decadelong Project Documerica, launched in 1971; The River, a collaboration with Taos Pueblo flutist Robert Mirabal (album released June 2016); the introspective Grace, featuring ETHEL’s arrangements of music by Ennio Morricone and Jeff Buckley; and Blue Dress, which pays homage to women making their musical mark on the 21st century.

    ETHEL has collaborated with artists including David Byrne, Bang on a Can All Stars, Kaki King, Todd Rundgren, Joe Jackson, Ursula Oppens, Juana Molina, Tom Verlaine, STEW, Andrew Bird, Thomas Dolby, Jeff Peterson, Laurence Hobgood, Jake Shimabukuro and Vijay Iyer.

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    stem

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 12:44 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 20th Anniversary Celebration, ETHEL,   

    From ETHEL: 20th Anniversary Celebration 


    ETHEL

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    PURCHASE TICKETS

    Received via email

    ETHEL

    ETHEL is: Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello) and Corin Lee (violin).

    ETHEL was established in New York City in 1998, quickly earning a reputation as one of America’s most adventurous string quartets—heirs to the likes of the Kronos Quartet and Soldier String Quartet, and part of a generation of young artists blending uptown, conservatory musicianship with downtown genre-crossing—by playing with the intensity and accoutrements of a rock band. The New York Times has described them as “indefatigable and eclectic,” and The New Yorker has deemed them “vital and brilliant.” Nearly two decades into their singular career, ETHEL has in turn become seminal in its own right, a path-breaker for countless new genre-spanning ensembles, and a prolific commissioner of new music.

    At the heart of ETHEL is a collaborative ethos—a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community. The quartet creates and tours rich, often multimedia, productions including the evening-length ETHEL’s Documerica, inspired by the tens of thousands of images shot as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decadelong Project Documerica, launched in 1971; The River, a collaboration with Taos Pueblo flutist Robert Mirabal (album released June 2016); the introspective Grace, featuring ETHEL’s arrangements of music by Ennio Morricone and Jeff Buckley; and Blue Dress, which pays homage to women making their musical mark on the 21st century.

    ETHEL has collaborated with artists including David Byrne, Bang on a Can All Stars, Kaki King, Todd Rundgren, Joe Jackson, Ursula Oppens, Juana Molina, Tom Verlaine, STEW, Andrew Bird, Thomas Dolby, Jeff Peterson, Laurence Hobgood, Jake Shimabukuro and Vijay Iyer.

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 9:10 AM on July 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From The New Canon at Q2: “Ethel Central” 

    The New Canon on Q2 is hosted by Olivia Giovetti

    FOR MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

    “This week on The New Canon, we chat with Ethel’s newest member Jennifer Choi along with fellow Ethel violinist and composer Cornelius Dufallo.

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    Jennifer Choi

    String quartets are a continual source of fascination for classical music fans. Four is the magic number, it seems, with the balance that comes between two violins, a viola and cello. So when one musician moves on and another comes in, how does the foursome’s dynamic change?

    This week on the New Canon, we catch the ever-adventurous and always ebullient Ethel string quartet in the middle of such a shift. And while we were sad to see founding member Mary Rowell retire after 13 years, they couldn’t have asked for a better-experienced replacement in Jennifer Choi, who has both the solo and quartet chops to blow the roof off whatever joint is next on Ethel’s roster (this week, it’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, though the next time they come together it will be with the Rite of Summer Festival on August 13). While hearing some of Ethel’s recent work and Choi’s solo and ensemble performances, we get a head start on her New York-debut with the quartet next month to talk about the new era of Ethel.”

    See the full article here, including some interactive features.


    Olivia Giovetti

    The New Canon streams Mondays at 4PM on Q2; encore presentations Wednesdays at 10AM and Sundays at 8PM on Q2

     
  • richardmitnick 10:59 AM on December 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    From The New York Times:”Freelance Musicians Hear Mournful Coda as the Jobs Dry Up” but… 

    First, I am not nor have I ever been a musician. I am simply an avid listener, a passionate New Music and Jazz listener, with a computer. I cannot even type very well.

    So, here is this sort of sad article in The New York Times about the reduced opportunities for freelance musicians these days around the New York City Metropolitan area.

    But, is it really so bad? Not for some, who have taken the D.I.Y approach, formed new groups, sometimes with interchangeable members, and put themselves out in the public view.

    Maybe this dynamic goes back to the seminal D.I.Y group, Bang On a Can, “Formed in 1987 by composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. B.O.A.C “is dedicated to commissioning, performing, creating, presenting and recording contemporary music.” B.O.A.C even has its own label, Cantaloupe Music. And, of course,there are the Bang On A Can All-Stars.


    Bang On A Can All-Stars.

    While B.O.A.C paved the way, there are now a number of other very worthy groups who have formed up to present themselves to the public.

    First to my mind is ACME, The American Contemporary Music Ensemble


    ACME

    I know this group because of one Nadia Sirota, accomplished violist, host and proprietor of Nadia Sirota on Q2, and fellow traveler with the Bedroom Community group of musicians.


    Nadia Sirota


    Bedroom Community’s main players: Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, Valgeir Sigurðsson (I hope I got the order correctly)

    Then, there is ICE, International Contemporary Ensemble, mentioned in the article.

    Check their web site and look at their concert schedule. They range far and wide and frequently.

    A group about which I only recently learned is yMusic, “an expandable group of performers actively engaged and equally comfortable in the overlapping classical and pop music world.”


    yMusic
    Recognize anyone?

    Do you know the group Ethel, this string group has been around since 1998. It is safe to say that thye are world famous.

    I really have to quit this post, I could go on and on. Worthy of mention also are So Percussion, eighth blackbird, others not right now bubbling up to memory.

    There are two common threads here, and they are both very important: these groups are basically smallish new music and contemporary music groups; and I leafrned about all of them at Q2 , WQXR’s 24 hour “New Music” web stream.

    So, is it really so bad for freelance musicians, probably, although even most professional journalists are capable of some hyperbole. But maybe the lesson is, what my father did, start your own business.
    Gte your group together, get some compositions that either members of the group compose, or existing works, and go out and sell yourselves. Can you do it alone? Sure, if you are Maya Beiser. But, she is pretty rare.

     
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