Aria, 105 North 1st St, Minneapolis
The Schubert Club Mix season concludes with ETHEL, the “vital and brilliant” (New Yorker) string quartet, presenting their innovative and new multi-media production Documerica, currently touring throughout the US. This event is co-presented with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and American Composers Forum.
ETHEL’s Documerica is a meditation on America’s relationship to our land, our resources and ourselves. The program is a multimedia performance that melds multiple screen video projections with original music by some of today’s most exciting composers. Directed bySteve Cosson, ETHEL’s Documerica juxtaposes manipulated vintage visuals with contemporary musical compositions. This piece is a musical meditation accompanied by big sky vistas, ghost towns, mountains, and slices of urban environments, capturing America’s complicated relationship to its land.New music by the members of ETHEL, as well as by acclaimed composers Mary Ellen Childs, Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., Jared Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (Chickasaw Nation), veteran-activist and blues maven James “Kimo” Williams, are paired with stunning visuals by renowned projection artist Deborah Johnson.
Acclaimed as “one of the most exciting quartets around” (Strad Magazine), ETHEL invigorates the contemporary music scene with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming, and exceptional artistry.
Founded in 1998 and based in New York City, ETHEL is comprised of Ralph Farris(viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin) and Tema Watstein (violin).
For nine consecutive years, ETHEL has served as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project. The group’s ongoing dedication to working with indigenous people and music culminated in the 2010 release of Oshtali: Music for String Quartet (Thunderbird Records), the first commercial recording of American Indian student works.
ETHEL’s debut eponymous CD was a Billboard Magazine “Best Recording of 2003.” Its second CD, Light, ranked #3 on Amazon.com’s “Best of 2006” and #5 on WYNC’s “Best of 2006 Listener Poll.” The group’s most recent CD, Heavy, was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim.
About Schubert Club Mix
Schubert Club Mix is a new and exciting concert series introduced in January 2014 by The Schubert Club. These concerts feature a range of classical music artists in a new, contemporary presentation format. The tagline for the series is “A new generation of classical music.”These concerts are presented at Aria in Minneapolis, the former home of Theater de la Jeune Lune, and new for the 14-15 season, Bedlam Lowertown. The combination of the stylish warehouse architecture of Aria and hip, trendy atmosphere of Bedlam Lowertown combined with informal seating and a contemporary presentation style by guest artists give Schubert Club Mix presentations a relaxed and unconventional ambiance. Refreshments will be available to enjoy during the performances.