Ethel: Documerica

Trailblazing string quartet ETHEL presents its innovative new multimedia production,Documerica. From big-sky vistas to ghost towns to slices of urban environments, Documericacombines stunning multi-screen video projections with original music by some of today’s most exciting composers, performed by the group The New Yorker called “vital and brilliant.” The result is a stirring meditation on America’s complicated relationship with our land, our resources and ourselves. Since ETHEL’s debut CD was named a Billboard magazine “Best Recording of 2003,” the quartet has gone on to be the house band at the TED conference, has appeared onLate Night with Conan O’Brien, and has shared the stage with the likes of Andrew Bird, David Byrne, Todd Rundgren and more.

Directed by Steve 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.

This will be the production’s first performance outside of New York.

Co-presented with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and the American Composers Forum 



Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Aria (former Theatre de la Jeune Lune)
105 North 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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Tickets to this performance are sold out.


Program length ~ 75 minutes, no intermission


ETHEL created a world in which classical music had never gown distant, a world in which it was as fresh and direct as crowds dancing in the street.

The Wall Street Journal