Denison Residency Begins!

Our residency at Denison University began last week, and it could not have been more inspiring!! Both graceful and demanding, the schedule was designed by Vail Series director, Michael Morris, and professor of composition, Ching-Chiu Hu, to introduce us as widely and deeply to the Denison community as possible. In the context of our three…

HomeBaked! : In their own words…

  ETHEL presents HomeBaked Sunday, May 11 at 7:15 PM. Next week, ETHEL brings you its second rendition of Homebaked at DROM, where we’ll be premiering four fantastic new works by Lainie Fefferman, Hannis Brown, Dan Friel and Ulysses Owens. As a sneak peak, here’s a little blurb from each composer about the pieces we’ll be…

Composer Chat: Stephen Feigenbaum

Happy Thanksgiving-ukkah, ETHEL-ites! Tema here! ETHEL has been busy getting Documerica ready for the road as well as touring Grace; in the meantime, we also had the chance to get in the studio with my totally-dope-composer-friend Stephen Feigenbaum and record his beautiful quartet, “Strange Dances.” The whole second movement sounds like it’s being played backwards….

ETHEL’s Documerica: Composer Chat w/ Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate

Documerica premiere is happening now every night till Saturday evening! We’re thrilled and honored to be playing pieces by Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate, a colleague and friend of many years. TW: You so perfectly meld the worlds of classical composition and traditional American Indian music. How does it feel to balance two very rich histories and…

ETHEL’s Documerica: Composer Chat w/ James Kimo Williams

Documerica premiere is next week! We’re thrilled and honored to be playing pieces by James Kimo Williams. An Army vet, he founded the United States Vietnam Art Program. As a performer, he cofounded the “Lt Dan Band” with actor Gary Sinise. As a composer, he’s been commissioned by Joffrey Ballet, West Point Academy, symphonies, etc….

ETHEL Launches Instagram Contest: Share Photos Documenting Your America

#mydocumerica Summary: ETHEL is challenging fans to document what America means to them through photos. ETHEL encourages everyone to document the adverse effects of modern life on America and its environment (including social issues, culture, politics and race). Whether it’s your local subway station, community garden or annual tax return, America means and conjures up…

ETHEL’s Documerica: Composer Chat w/ Ulysses Owens Jr.

Summer nears its end, but that’s not such bad news, because it means that ETHEL’s Documerica is on the horizon! Tickets go on sale Sept 3, so mark that in your calendars. This month, Ulysses Owens Jr. was nice enough to take some time out of his crazy touring schedule to answer a few questions…

Thoughts by ETHEL 3x aka Quad Cities Artist

The final concert of our residency for Quad City Arts was fantastically beautiful!  They had set up a stage with attractive lighting in a ballroom at Augustana College in Rock Island.  The seating was arranged cabaret-style, around large tables, with beverages for purchase at the bar.  Although the large, carpeted room would have sucked the…

Thoughts by ETHEL 2x aka Quad Cities Visiting Artist

ETHEL has been having an absolute blast playing children’s concerts in the Quad Cities. With the exception of our two concerts at area high schools earlier this week, our audiences have ranged in age from 3 years to 5th grade. Common knowledge dictates that 750 kids in one room for 45 minutes should spell mayhem;…