NORWICH – The gifted and acclaimed string quartet Ethel will bring its unusual style to the Martin W. Kappel Theater in Norwich on Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Chenango County Council of the Arts, the evening promises to be one of the most talked about performances of the 2006/07 season.
Musically omnivorous, prolific, and passionate, this band of four world-class, Juilliard-trained, “… extraordinarily skilled” (The New York Times) composer/musicians will keep you at the edge of your seat. Performing self-composed works as well as works by notable contemporary composers: Don Byron, Mary Ellen Childs, Pamela Z, Marcelo Zarvos, John King, Phil Kline and others, ETHEL incorporates rock, blues, classical, jazz and other popular genres to create a sound that defies categorization. “Ethel is a genre unto itself.” (AM New York) In its eight seasons, ETHEL has toured the world, at one time sharing the stage with pop/rock icons Todd Rundgren and Joe Jackson and appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Members of ETHEL have recorded/performed with some of today's most compelling artists: Sheryl Crow, Gorillaz, Roger Daltrey, Yo-Yo Ma, Ornette Coleman, and Lenny Kravitz. John Walters of the Guardian (UK) says, “… I wish there were more rock bands who played like ETHEL.” A favorite at countless festivals and venues around the globe, as well as a ubiquitous presence on the New York music scene, ETHEL continues to garner attention from major publications including The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Billboard magazine, with their recent CD release LIGHT on Cantaloupe Records selected as # 3 on Amazon.com’s “Best of 2006: Top Classical Editor’s Picks.”