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String Quartet ETHEL Announces Fall 2012 Schedule

August 14, 2012 | By AMTPR
Tell Me Something Good Nationwide Tour w/ Rock Icon Todd Rundgren

ETHELs Documerica as Part of Park Avenue Armorys Under Construction Series

Netherlands Tour, featuring World Premiere of "Cross Avenue" by Jeroen Strijbos Rob van Rijswijk

ETHEL Welcomes Violinists Kip Jones Tema Watstein

New York City, NY (For Release 08/14/12) --- ETHEL, the nations leading post-classical string quartet, today announced its schedule for the remainder of the year. Following an eventful Spring/Summer filled with the release of the groups 3rd album Heavy and subsequent personnel changes, the upcoming Fall/Winter 2012 marks an exhilarating chapter in the quartets career.

Described by The Strad as one of the most exciting quartets around, ETHEL continues to serve as a pioneer of classical musics new wave by embracing its urban, bluesy, edgy, rock, funk and bluegrass subtleties. With the addition of our new violinists, Kip Jones and Tema Watstein, ETHEL is armed with a newly vamped sound and vivacity, explains Dorothy Lawson (cello), Founder and Co-Artistic Director of ETHEL. Were excited to kick-start the season and share new music, collaborations, and experiences with audiences worldwide.

For a complete schedule, see below or visit www.ethelcentral.org.

Editors Note: For photo permissions, interviews or ticket requests, contact April Thibeault / AMT PR / 212.861.0990 / april@amtpublicrelations.com.

ETHELSeptember - December 2012 Schedule Subject to Change

Aug 23  Sep 3  SW Tour (Tempe, AZ, Grand Canyon, Navajo Nation) Sep 6  Denver, CO Sep 7  Las Cruces, NM Oct 11  Atlanta, GA Oct 13  Interlochen, MI Oct 17  Gainesville, FL Oct 19  New London, CT Oct 20  New Bedford, MA Oct 21  Mahwah, NJ Oct 23  Keene, NH Oct 24  Newark, OH Oct 25  Indianapolis, IN Oct 28 - College Park, MD Oct 30  Hampton, VA Nov 1  Cerritos, CA Nov 3  Davis, CA Nov 6  9 Netherlands Nov 26 - Dec 2  NYC, NY Dec 8  9  Idyllwild Pine-Cove, CA 

Tell Me Something Good with Todd Rundgren

ETHEL celebrates the culture and sounds of the 1970s - the era of funk, glam rock, early minimalism, the bi-centennial, Watergate, and the Vietnam War. The 70s were a restless, intelligent, dissatisfied time- a decade of contradictions, a decade of loss, a decade of discovery. In Tell Me Something Good, the program features selections from Lou Harrison's Quartet Set (1972), a seminal example of cross-cultural concert music, as well as ETHELs own arrangement of Arvo P?rts hauntingly beautiful Spiegel im Spiegel, arrangements of music by Sun Ra, and a fascinating new work by rising star Judd Greenstein that incorporates the sound of synthesizers from the 1970s.

Central to this program is the thrilling collaboration between ETHEL and 70s icon Todd Rundgren. Having toured together in the United States and Europe in 2005, ETHEL and Todd found a deep connection and ongoing friendship in their passion for authenticity and their curiosity about whats emerging. Each has assaulted the boundaries of convention with dynamic creativity. The energy onstage is explosive and beautiful. (Todd Rundgren appears courtesy of Panacea Entertainment.)

OCT 17 - Philips Center - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL OCT 19 - Palmer Auditorium - Connecticut College, New London, CT OCT 20 - Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MA OCT 21 - Berrie Center for the Performing Arts - Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ OCT 23 - Redfern Arts Center - Keene State College, Keene, NH OCT 24 - Midland Theater, Newark, OH OCT 26 - Clowes Memorial Hall - Butler University, Indianapolis, IN OCT 28 - Clarice Smith PAC - University of Maryland, College Park, MD OCT 30 - American Theatre, Hampton, VA NOV 1 - Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos, CA NOV 3 - Mondavi Center - University of California, Davis, CA __________________________________________________ ___________________________________ ETHELs Documerica

As part of the Park Avenue Armorys Under Construction series, ETHEL presents ETHELs Documerica  a fascinating and thought-provoking meditation on the social & environmental issues Americans continue to struggle with today. In 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency created Project Documerica, sending brilliant photographers across America to document environmental issues and their impact on society. On the 30th anniversary of this landmark convergence of art and ecology, ETHEL is developing ETHELs Documerica, a touring multimedia program that is inspired by Project Documericas powerful visual revelations.

ETHEL has commissioned four uniquely American composers to contribute original music: Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a 2011 Emmy Award Winner; Ulysses Owens Jr., a Grammy Award winner named by Wynton Marsalis as one of his 2011 Who's Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch; James "Kimo" Williams, a Vietnam veteran and Music Director of the Lt. Dan Band; and Mary Ellen Childs, a USA Friends Fellow and a McKnight Artist Fellow. Shaping the overall visual component of the program is multi-disciplinary artist and designer Deborah Johnson.

ETHELs Documerica will be presented to audiences as a series of workshops and open rehearsals during the week of November 26  December 2, 2012, culminating in a preliminary performance on Sunday, December 2nd. (ETHEL served as 2011-12 Artists-in-Residence at the Park Avenue Armory.)

NOV 26 - DEC 2  Park Avenue Armory, New York City, NY __________________________________________________ ______________________

Cross Avenue Premieres Throughout the Netherlands

ETHEL premieres Cross Avenue (premiere 11/6 additional performance 11/9) - atmospheric and electronic sound fields coupled with acoustic music by Netherland-based composers Jeroen Strijbos Rob van Rijswijk. In Cross Avenue the composers Strijbos & Van Rijswijk explore the extremes of the dynamic possibilities of ETHEL and reveal how the different instruments can relate to each other. In Cross Avenue the sound created by the strings will be saved, explored, re- worked and re-introduced in such a way that the original sound source and its new variant combine to form a new sound entity. The strings and the electronics become a seamless extension of each other. Further, Strijbos & Van Rijswijk employ spatialisation (sound divided over the space), an important audible element which propels the composition in further developing its expression. Also on the Netherlands tour will be a special program entitled Theme Minimal Music (11/8) featuring performances of Steve Reichs Different Trains, Phil Klines The Blue Room and Other Stories, and Jacob TVs Take A Wild Guess.

NOV 6  De Link, Tilburg NOV 7  De Verkadefabriek November Music Festival, Den Bosch NOV 8  De Toonzaal, November Music Festival, Den Bosch NOV 9 - Conservatory Maastricht, Maastricht NOV 9  De Muziekgieterij, Maastricht __________________________________________________ _______________________

Present Beauty: Music of Philip Glass ETHEL continues its Present Beauty nationwide tour. ETHEL presents a program celebrating the concepts of Presence and Continuity, featuring the groups own arrangement of Philip Glass achingly beautiful film score from The Hours. Additional works are drawn from ETHELs extensive body of fascinating and original material, including Julia Wolfes Early that summer and David Langs Wed.

OCT 13  Corson Auditorium - Interlochen Academy, Interlochen, MI __________________________________________________ __________________________________

Music of the Sun featuring Robert Mirabal Grammy- and Nammy Award-winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal joins ETHEL to create a cross-cultural contemporary music event. Using the instruments of the string quartet, Native American flutes (Tdoop - Pootse) and drums (Mooloo), as well as the spirited voices of students and community members, Music of the Sun is a program inspired by the sun mythologies of Native America. In many Native American cultures each day begins with running to the sun  a fusion of spiritual and physical discipline. This extraordinary collaboration grew out of the ETHEL/Mirabal work as part of ETHELs TruckStop? project, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008.

SEP 6  Western Arts Alliance (WAA) Conference, Denver, CO SEP 7  New Mexico States Atkinson Hall, Las Cruces, NM __________________________________________________ ___________________________________

ETHEL ETHEL continues to expand its vast repertoire by embracing unorthodox venues, collaborations and residencies. Heres a rundown of non-categorical events happening over the next few months:

AUG 23  SEP 3  Grand Canyon Music Festival Native American Composers Apprentice Project (NACAP) OCT 11  Ampitheater - Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA DEC 8  9  Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild Pine-Cove, CA __________________________________________________ __________________________________________ About ETHEL: Acclaimed as one of the most exciting quartets around (Strad Mag) and as a necessary jet of cold water in the contemporary classical scene (Pitchfork.com), the string quartet ETHEL has been a post-classical pioneer since it was founded in 1998.

ETHEL invigorates contemporary concert music with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming and exceptional artistry. With an eye on tradition and an ear to the future, ETHEL is a leading force in concert music's reengagement with musical vernaculars, fusing diverse traditions into a vibrant sound that resonates with audiences the world over. The New York City-based quartet comprises Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin) and Tema Watstein (violin).

ETHEL's 2012-13 season commences with a nationwide tour of Tell Me Something Good, a celebration of the culture and sounds of the 1970s featuring rock icon Todd Rundgren. Other highlights include: a preliminary performance/workshop of ETHELs Documerica as part of the Park Avenue Armorys week-long Under Construction series in New York City; the world premiere in the Netherlands of Cross Avenue; a new work by composers Jeroen Strijbos and Rob van Rijswijk; collaborative projects and concerts with virtuoso guitarist Kaki King; ongoing performances with Native American flutist Robert Mirabal; appearances as the official house band of TEDxManhattan; and newly commissioned works by Mary Ellen Childs, Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, Ulysses Owens Jr., James "Kimo" Williams, Hannis Brown, Lainie Fefferman and Dan Friel.

Off-stage, ETHEL continues to receive acclaim for its third album, Heavy (Innova Recordings, 2012), which has been described as another beautiful reality of contemporary music (All About Jazz).

Over the past three years, ETHEL has premiered over 50 new works by 20th- and 21st-century composers, including pieces that were commissioned by the quartet or composed by ETHEL. Recent premieres and noteworthy performances include: Phil Klines SPACE at the gala reopening of Alice Tully Hall; RADIO by Osvaldo Golijov at the debut of WNYC Radios Jerome L. Greene Space; ETHELs TruckStop?: The Beginning at BAMs Next Wave Festival; ETHEL Fair: The Songwriters at opening night of Lincoln Centers Out of Doors Festival; WAIT FOR GREEN with choreography by Annie-B Parson, commissioned by arts>World Financial Center; ETHEL's HonBiBaekSan by Dohee Lee at Meet the Composers 3-City Dash Festival; ETHELs HomeBaked series featuring commissioned works by emerging NYC composers Andy Akiho, Anna Clyne, Judd Greenstein and Matt Marks, as well as premieres by Rick Baitz and Randall Woolf at the Tribeca New Music Festival; and works by contemporary music luminaries such as Julia Wolfe, John Zorn, Steve Reich, John King, Raz Mesinai, David Lang, Scott Johnson, Kenji Bunch, Don Byron, Marcelo Zarvos and Evan Ziporyn.

ETHEL has initiated innovative collaborations with an extraordinary community of international artists that include David Byrne, Bang on a Can, Kaki King, Ursula Oppens, Loudon Wainwright III, STEW, Ensemble Modern, Jill Sobule, Dean Osborne, Howard Levy, Joshua Fried, Andrew Bird, Iva Bittov?, Colin Currie, Thomas Dolby, Jeff Peterson, Steve Coleman, Stephen Gosling, Jake Shimabukuro and Polygraph Lounge.

ETHEL has appeared as a guest artist on a dozen music labels and was recently featured on: A Map of the Floating City by Thomas Dolby (2012); The Duke by Joe Jackson (2012); John the Revelator: A Mass for Six Voices by Phil Kline (Cantaloupe Music, 2008) with vocal group Lionheart; and the Grammy Award-winning Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman (Concord Records, 2009). The quartet also serves as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon Music Festival as part of the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project. ETHEL recorded Oshtali: Music for String Quartet (Thunderbird Records, 2010), the first commercial recording of American Indian student works. For more information, please visit http://www.ethelcentral.org.

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