String Quartet ETHEL’s Early 2012 Schedule

From ETHEL Central:

Heavy CD Release
Slated for a March 27th release, Heavy marks ETHEL’s third CD and serves as the group’s counterpoint to their most recent album LIGHT (Cantaloupe Music, 2006), which was selected as #3 on’s “Best of 2006: Top Classical Editor’s Picks”.

Recorded by Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Mary Rowell (violin), Heavy is a salute to ETHEL’s hometown of New York City and features eight celebrated Manhattan-based contemporary composers. Playlist includes:

Don Byron’s String Quartet No. 2: Four Thoughts on Marvin Gaye (2006)
John Halle’s Sphere[‘]s (2004)
Julia Wolfe’s Early that summer (1993)
John King’s No Nickel Blues (2009)
Raz Mesinai’s La Citadelle (2007)
David Lang’s Wed (1996)
Kenji Bunch’s String Circle 1 (2005)
Marcelo Zarvos’s Rounds (2006)

Mar TBA – CD Release Concert, New York City, NY

“After Silence” Music of John King, Steve Reich and Aleksandra Vrebalov

The compositions on this program – John King’s AllSteel, Steve Reich’s Different Trains and Aleksandra Vrebalov’s …hold me, neighbor, in this storm… – are all autobiographical in nature. Brought together, these three works render a compelling reflection on the power of music as a highly personal means of “expressing the inexpressible.” Commissioned by and written for ETHEL, King’s AllSteel is an eight-movement work influenced by the tragic events of September 11, 2011. The odd-numbered movements (drafted through the summer of 2001) run from blues-infused riffs to the spirited, driving power of ETHEL’s muscular grooves, while the even-numbered movements (drafted post 9/11) are all meditations and reflections on the subject of peace. Reich’s celebrated Different Trains takes audiences on a gripping musical journey. As a child who rode several wartime trains in the U.S., Reich imagines how different his experiences could have been had he, as a young Jewish child, ridden trains in Europe (as suggested with the use of voices of Holocaust survivors, a retired train porter, his own governess, recorded sounds of European and American trains from the 1930s and 40s, etc…). Vrebalov’s …hold me, neighbor, in this storm… is a profound contribution to this program. It features field recordings of the composer’s homeland (the former Yugoslavia) — from Serbian orthodox monastery bells and Islamic prayer calls, to the frenzy of wartime streets and the composer’s own grandmother’s fragile singing voice. Calling for members of the quartet to also perform on Balkan instruments (the bowed gusle and the tapan drum), this work pulls a listener into a world of ecstatic, intense emotion, while celebrating the simple beauty, and wonder of human interaction.
Jan 23 – Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
Feb 11 – Location TBA, Montgomery, AL
Mar 5 – David Friend Recital Hall, Berklee College, Boston, MA

“Present Beauty” Music of Philip Glass
ETHEL continues its Present Beauty nationwide tour. ETHEL presents a program celebrating the concepts of Presence and Continuity, featuring the group’s own string quartet arrangement of Philip Glass’ score from The Hours. Additional works will be drawn from ETHEL’s extensive body of fascinating and original material, including Julia Wolfe’s Early that summer and David Lang’s Wed.
Jan 15 – Petree Recital Hall, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK
Feb 2 – Hosmer Hall, SUNY, Potsdam, NY
Feb 10 – Location TBA, Montgomery, AL
Feb 17 – Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Mar 24 – Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
Apr 15 – Wellin Hall, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

“Music of the Sun” feat. Robert Mirabal
Grammy and Nammy Award-winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal joins ETHEL to create a cross-cultural contemporary music event.
Using the instruments of the string quartet, Native American flutes (Tdoop – Pootse) and drums (Mooloo), as well as the spirited voices of students and community members, “Music of the Sun” is a program inspired by the sun mythologies of Native America. In many Native American cultures each day begins with “running to the sun” – a fusion of spiritual and physical discipline. This extraordinary collaboration grew out of the ETHEL/Mirabal work as part of ETHEL’s TruckStop® project, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008.
Jan 25 – Forbes Center, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Jan 27 – Dimnent Chapel, Hope College, Holland, MI
Jan 28 – Lund Auditorium, Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Feb 25 – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY
Apr 28 – Williams Theater, Tulsa, OK

ETHEL Concert Tour
ETHEL plays selections from its vast repertoire.
Jan 8 – NYC Winter Jazz Festival w/ Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Le Poisson Rouge, New York City, NY
Jan 21 – TEDxManhattan, Times Center, New York City, NY
Feb 4 – TEDxBigApple, New York City, NY
Feb 19 – w/ Hawaiian slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson, Kahilu Theater, Kamueal, HI
Mar TBA – Heavy CD Release Concert, New York City, NY
Apr 26 – Bevens Music Room, Lyon College, Batesville, AR
May 3 – w/ Collegiate School Orchestra, Collegiate School, New York City, NY



December 15, 2011
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, The Jazz Gallery
Brian Settles Jonathan Finlayson Mary Halvorson Tomas Fujiwara Trevor Dunn

December 14, 2011
Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-House, Barbes
Ingrid Laubrock John Hebert Kris Davis Mary Halvorson Tom Rainey

December 12, 2011
Rozanne Levine & Chakra Tuning, Clemente Soto Velez
Mark Whitecage Perry Robinson Rosie Hertlein Rozanne Levine

December 12, 2011
Tony Malaby Tukotuko, Clemente Soto Velez
Ches Smith Gerald Cleaver John Hebert Tony Malaby

December 12, 2011
Vincent Chancey & The Phat Chance Trio, Clemente Soto Velez
Jeremy Carlstedt Steve Bloom Vincent Chancey

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January Evolving Voice / Evolving Music Shows

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From New York’s Evolving Voice / Evolving Music:

Evolving Music Series
Monday Evenings @ Clemente Soto Velez

What : Three eclectic sets of Evolving Music Each Monday.
January 2nd will Remember RASHIED ALI – featuring Charles Gayle & William Parker,
from Rashied Ali’s By Any Means.
A special NY appearance by John Tchicai – Ascension UnEnding
January 9th, Music Under Siege, featuring a battle of saxophones / Blood Trio.
January 16th & 23rd The Creative Sounds of Dissension
See below for the January featured artists*
When : January 2 / January 9 / January 16 / January 23 / January 30 /
The evenings run from 7 to 11pm
Where : @ 1st floor LES Gallery – Clemente Soto Velez Educational and Cultural Center
107 Suffolk Street (between Delancey and Rivington)

Tickets : $11 per set / $16 for 2 sets / $20 all night
Students/Seniors = $8 per set / $12 for 2 / $18 all night
New York, NY –Evolving Music Series keeps reinventing itself to respond to the needs of an evolving community.
Evolving Music SCHEDULE

Monday 2 January
A New Year Celebration – Tribute to Rashied Ali
7:30 Charles Gayle / William Parker Duo
Charles Gayle – sax
William Parker – bass
8:45 John Tchicai Ascension Unending confirmed
John Tchicai – sax
Alex Weiss – sax
Rosie Hertlein – violon / voice
Garrison Fewell – guitarist
+others TBA
10 Sound Band (a multi-generational big band) led by William Parker

Monday January 9
Music Under Seige
7:30 Battle of the Sax – sign up (the first 10 to sign up will compete)
8:45 BLOOD TRIO confirmed
Sabir Mateen – sax
Michael Bisio – bass
Whit Dickey – drums
10 Yuko Fujiyama Group
Yuko Fujiyama – piano
Tomas Ulrich – cello
Newman Tayler-Baker – drums Confirmed

January 16
Creative Sounds of Dissension
7:30 Bill Cole Duo
Bill Cole – double reeds
Shayna Dulberger – bass
8:45 P. Nicholson Last Call
Kyoko Kitamura – vocal
Jean Carla Rodea – vocal
Patricia Nicholson – dance
William Parker – bass
Michael TA Thompson – drums
10 Other Dimensions in Music & Fay Victor
Fay Victor – vocal
Roy Campbell – sax
Daniel Carter – sax
William Parker – bass
Charles Downs – drums

January 23
Creative Sounds of Dissension
7:30 Cooper-Moore
8:45 Steve Swell
Rob Brown – alto sax
Chris Forbes – piano
Hill Greene – bass
Michael T.A. Thompson – drums, percussion
10 The Daves
Dave Sewelson – bari sax
Dave Hofstra – bass
William Paker – bass

January 30
Strings and Things
7:30 Rosie Hertlein Trio
Rosie Hertlein – violin, voice
David Arner – piano
Dave Taylor – trombone
8:45 Macroscopia
Daniel Carter – sax
Tom Zlabinger – bass
Claire de Brunner – bassoon
Ken Silverman – guitar
10 pm
Michael Attias – sax
Daniel Levin – cello
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Adrian Aniol – It All Falls Apart
Mar Habrine – Self Titled
Bahimiron – Rebel Hymns of Left Handed Terror
Satans Host – Celebration For The Love Of Satan
Emme Ya – Atavistic Dreams and Phallic Totems
Swamp Horse – Winter Ghost
Nivathe – Enveloped In A Diseased Abyss
Hoor-paar-Kraat – The Eureka Tapes: The Complete Recordings
Sleep Of Ages – Maciste in Hell (Barbariccia)
Bördel Noïr – Hors

Tony Malaby’s Novela at Jazz Gallery Reviewed


The tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby has a burly but beseeching tone, and in his own bands he often pushes toward an amiable ruckus. Novela, the nine-piece band he presented at the Jazz Gallery on Sunday night, takes this predilection to its logical extreme. Drawing from “Novela” (Clean Feed), an album released in September, the group played a sprawling set of faintly episodic, heavily textured music, pausing only a couple of times to re-establish a center of gravity. The distinctive color of Mr. Malaby’s voice, on soprano as well as tenor, was often lost on a crowded canvas. He seemed totally fine with that.