Merkin Concert Hall
at Kaufman Center, 129 W. 67th Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam)
Tickets are $35; available at 212.501.3330 or
online at Kaufman Center website
New Sounds Live / Ethel & Laurie Anderson
Ethel is a modern string quartet unencumbered by convention, genre or style. Their credentials read like a who's who of classical, contemporary and popular music, and the tastes, talents and experiences of these four musicians come together to explore new possibilities. Ethel presents works by John King, Phil Kline, Evan Ziporyn, and Todd Reynolds. Plus, Laurie Anderson, certainly the most heralded multimedia artist of her generation, is an electrifying performer who has created works that combine a variety of media-music, video and story telling. See what Anderson is up to now at this New Sounds Live event.
The four members of Ethel all have wide-ranging expertise in various musical scenes and idioms; as individual players, they have distinguished backgrounds that range from work with the New York Philharmonic and Bang on a Can to collaborations with artists like Sheryl Crow and Yo-Yo Ma. Since its founding in 1998, Ethel has already established itself as a leading new music ensemble. In 2002, Ethel received a DNA grant from Arts International, and the group makes frequent appearances on international stages. Their 2003-04 schedule includes appearances at the Venice Biennale, the Library of Congress, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Merkin Concert Hall. Ethel has recorded their first, self-titled CD and Julia Wolfe's quartet, Dig Deep, both recently released on Cantaloupe Music.
About Laurie Anderson
A longtime force in the New York arts community, performance artist/sculptor/musician Laurie Anderson has carved out an unlikely place for herself in popular music with her challenging mélange of music, video and spoken word. She graduated from Barnard College and went on to stuffy at Columbia University, working toward a graduate degree in sculpture. Ms. Anderson has created large-scale theatrical works that combine a variety of media in which she is an electrifying performer. As a visual artist, her work has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum, as well as extensively in Europe, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has also released seven albums for Warner Brothers, including Big Science, featuring the song "O Superman," which rose to number two on the British pop charts. In 1999, she staged "Songs and Stories From Moby Dick," an ambitious multimedia presentation based on the great Herman Melville novel. Her latest album, Live at town Hall, New York City, September 19-20, 2001, came out on Nonesuch Records in 2002. Recognized worldwide as a groundbreaking leader in the use of technology in the arts, Anderson has collaborated to develop new creative tools, including the Talking Stick. Anderson's awards include the 2001 Tenco Prize for Songwriting in San Remo, Italy, and the 2001 Deutsche Schallplatten Prize for Life on a String. Currently, Anderson is working on a new solo work and is the first artist-in-residence of NASA , in 2003-04. Other current projects include a new commission for the World Expo 2005 in Japan.
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