Ethel, Robert Mirabal Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m. 2012

New York string quartet Ethel embraces the postmodern model developed by the Kronos Quartet, dissolving the lines between "classical" and folk, jazz, and international music. More important, everything I've heard by them gets inside the traditions with which they experiment—they never sound like a crew of dilettantes, showing off their eclecticism in an attempt to impress. The centerpiece of this weekend's concert is Music of the Sun, a program inspired by the sun mythology of Native American culture; it was developed as part of Ethel's Truckstop initiative, which aims to engage with various communities and cultures to spur the creation of new music. The quartet will be joined by noted Pueblo flutist Robert Mirabal for the program, which consists of several of his compositions alongside traditional Native American songs. Ethel will also perform on its own, tackling works by Don Byron and John Luther Adams, among others. —Peter Margasak

Price: $24

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