ETHEL is TEDxManhattan’s house band/entertainment curator from 2011 – 2013. Acclaimed as America’s premier postclassical string quartet, ETHEL invigorates contemporary concert music with refreshing exuberance, fierce intensity, imaginative programming and exceptional artistry. ETHEL performs adventurous music of the past four decades, with emphasis on works composed since 1995. Their repertoire includes self-composed works, as well as works by such luminaries as Julia Wolfe, Phil Kline, John Zorn and Steve Reich. Boldly exploring new synergies between tradition and technology, ETHEL initiates innovative collaborations with an extraordinary community of American and international artists such as Joe Jackson, Kurt Elling, Bang on a Can, Todd Rundgren, David Byrne, Ursula Oppens, Loudon Wainwright III, Andrew Bird, Iva Bittová, Colin Currie and Thomas Dolby. ETHEL has performed at many TED conferences.
2011: Formed in 1998, New York’s ebullient ETHEL is comprised of Juilliard-trained performers Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello) and Mary Rowell (violin).
2012: ETHEL features founding members Ralph Farris (violin, Artistic Director) and Dorothy Lawson (cello, Artistic Director), joined by special guests Katie Kresek (violin) and Karen Waltuch (viola).
2013: ETHEL comprises Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin) and Tema Watstein (violin).
Highlights from the 2012-13 season included: a concert tour of the Netherlands; a week-long workshop/performance of “ETHEL’s Documerica” at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory; and nationwide tours of “Tell Me Something Good” with rock icon Todd Rundgren, of “Music of the Sun” with Native American flutist Robert Mirabal, and of “And Other Stories…” with guitarist Kaki King. ETHEL served as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon Music Festival as part of the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project, the official house band of TEDxManhattan, and the Resident Ensemble at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar.