In-School Performances
“EXTRAORDINARILY SKILLED, PASSIONATE MUSICIANS.”
The New York Times
“THEY OWN THEIR MUSIC, AND WHEN THEY WANT IT TO ROAR, THEY ROAR.”
The Los Angeles Times
“VITAL AND BRILLIANT”
The New Yorker
Performance Highlights

04.25.14
Broadway's Next H!T Musical
Troy Music Hall
Troy, NY

04.25.14
ETHEL w/ Robert Mirabal
Banners Series 
Lake Charles, LA

04.26.14
Hot Club of San Francisco
Hopkins Center
Hopkins, MN

Listen

excerpts from Documerica
Veteran's Lament (James Kimo Williams)
The Swaying of the Trees (Ulysses Owens Jr.)
ETHEL and Kaki King
Great Round Burn
The Fire Eater
excerpts from Music of the Sun - ETHEL / Robert Mirabal
Chant
Solo Native American Flute (Mirabal)
Arrival (Zarvos)
Run to the Sun (Mirabal)
Finale (Peterson / Mirabal / Osborne / Ybarra / ETHEL)
from the program Grace
String Circle No. 1 (Bunch)
Rounds (Zarvos)
Grandmother (Bilagody)

Tours & Projects

1984 - Touring 14-15

"Who controls the past, controls the future; who controls the present, controls the past."
– George Orwell, 1984

“The past is never dead. It's not even past.”
– William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

Balancing their iconoclastic, explosive style with tender reverence for works of great beauty, ETHEL presents a program which delves energetically into the fallibility of human memory and the mutability of the past.

In the wake of World War II, George Orwell published his brilliant and terrifying novel about a totalitarian future, burning the year 1984 into the popular imagination. As it approached, many musical artists released tributes and commentaries, including Rick Wakeman, David Bowie, Van Halen and the Eurythmics. The year itself was artistically rich and vibrant in the rock world, with the release of several epic masterworks, such as Prince's album, Purple Rain, and Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA.

At a distance from history's 1984 almost equal to Orwell's, our political climate, global tension, increasingly subtle technology raising privacy concerns, and the need for enhanced security, elicit daily references to Orwell, often simply by invoking this year.

ETHEL offers a pop-conscious meditation on 1984, bridging the year as remembered by history with that presaged by literature. The program will include works by Don Byron, Sofia Gubaidulina, Arvo Pärt, Michael Hedges and Ladysmith Black Mambazo from their 1984 album Ibhayibheli Liyindlela.