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Musically omnivorous, prolific, and passionate, this band of four world-class, Juilliard-trained composer/musicians includes: Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Mary Rowell (violin). 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. Described as “the fiercest string quartet this side of hell,” and “the most bad-ass quartet around,” ETHEL has at one time shared the stage with pop/rock icons Todd Rundgren and Joe Jackson and has appeared 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, Lenny Kravitz, Jill Sobule, Thomas Dolby, and Gutbucket


Laurence Hobgood: Tesseterra

Read "Tesseterra" reviewed by Roger Farbey

"Jazz with strings" is a phrase that sometimes invokes a heart-sink feeling amongst reviewers. Happily this is not one of those occasions. Laurence Hobgood has released a half dozen records under his own name but many more for vocalist Kurt Elling with whom he's been musical director, co-producer and accompanist for over twenty years. During that ...


Don Byron / Aruán Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)Tonalities

Read "Random Dances And (A)Tonalities" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Two highly accomplished artists--one long-established, the other solidifying his legacy--are brought together on Random Dances And (A)Tonalities. This duo outing features clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron and pianist Aruán Ortiz. The two gifted composers have been playing together, at Ortiz's initial request, since 2014 but in larger ensembles. In late 2017 Byron and Ortiz met in ...


Hafez Modirzadeh: In Convergence Liberation

Read "In Convergence Liberation" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Multi-reed player and composer Hafez Modirzadeh has created a sweeping global experience with In Convergence Liberation; a further examination of the cross-cultural influences explored on Post-Chromodal Out (PI Recordings, 2012). The earlier recording incorporated elements of multi-regional modalism and chromatics, and these compositional techniques are made even more textural with a significantly deeper line up of ...


Hafez Modirzadeh: In Convergence Liberation

Read "In Convergence Liberation" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and ethnomusicologist Hafez Modirzadeh's In Convergence Liberation on the intrepid Pi Recordings label is an ambitious work, and one at which he admirably succeeds. The album is a single, unified entity made up of five distinct but interlaced suites that explore a primal spirituality and express it in timeless poetry. Deftly merging ...


Label: Innova Recordings
Released: 2012


Kurt Elling: Dedicated To You

Read "Dedicated To You" reviewed by A. Lienhard

Dedicated To You is a tribute to one of the most beloved and beautiful recordings in jazz, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. On that six song album, John Coltrane introduces a relatively unknown singer named Johnny Hartman. The two musicians had only just met one another, however in a mere three hours, they produce a classic. ...


Released: 2007
Track listing: AllSteel - 26:55: 01. Harddrive; 02. Peace; 03. Funkslidedown; 04. Peaceagain; 05. Meditationtears; 06. Peacesleeps; 07. Ecstaticcry; 08. Peacerises. 'Round Sunrise - 12:17: 09. Slow and Down; 10. Up and Gone. Lightning Slide - 14:08: 11. Swing; 12. Sweet; 13. Sweat. Tutti i brani sono di John King


Ethel's 2nd Annual Winter Solstice Concert

Ethel's 2nd Annual Winter Solstice Concert

WHAT: 2ND Annual IN THE HOUSE OF ETHEL: SOLSTICE WHEN: Friday, December 21st @ 12:30pm & 7:00pm WHERE: World Financial Center Winter Garden 220 Vesey Street. Train E to World Trade Center HOW: FREE. For more info, contact 212.945.0505 AMERICA'S FAVORITE STRING BAND, ETHEL, RETURNS TO THE WORLD ...


John King: Allsteel

Read "Allsteel" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Questo disco, pubblicato dall'etichetta di John Zorn, suggella l'incontro dell'estroso compositore e improvvisatore chitarrista John King con il quartetto d'archi Ethel. Entrambi amano un linguaggio avant, trasversale ai generi comunemente etichettati: blues, jazz, funk, rock, classica, colta e via dicendo. Il chitarrista King suona in diversi gruppi e collabora con molti musicisti jazz, nonché compone musica ...


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