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Where classical, rock, pop and folk meet Author(s): Allan Kozinn Source: The
New York Times. (July 30, 2010): Arts and Entertainment: pC3(L). Document
Type: Concert review  Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2010 The New York Times Company 
Full Text: 
Ethel is a string quartet that has always wanted to be a rock band. From its
start, in 1998, it has used amplification as well as the same pedals and
sound-processing devices that rock bands use, and it plays only new music,
including pieces by its members. In its Wednesday evening concert at
Damrosch Park, as part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Ethel moved more
decisively into the pop world by joining forces with performing songwriters
from several corners of rock, pop and folk music. 

Called ''Ethel Fair: The Songwriters,'' the concert was an elaborate
production. It included collaborations with the Argentine singer and
guitarist Juana Molina, the bluesy folk singer Dayna Kurtz, the guitarists
Tom Verlaine and Patrick A. Derivaz and the guitarists turned film-score
composers Mike Viola and Adam Schlesinger. 

As a prelude of sorts Ethel performed a few pieces on its own, starting with
Marcelo Zarvos's energetically rhythmic ''Arrival.'' In the best rock band
spirit, it offered a couple of selections from its Cantaloupe CD ''Ethel,''
the post-Minimalist March from Phil Kline's ''Blue Room and Other Stories''
and John King's quirkily bluesy ''Shuffle'' from ''Sweet Hardwood.'' But in
the best spirit of a classical ensemble, it neglected to mention the disc. 

The pop collaborations were fun, if a bit frustrating for an Ethel fan. The
quartet stood toward the back of the stage, ceding the front and center to
its guests. And the distinction was not only visual; often Ethel's
contributions were more deferential than substantial. 

But not always. Its accompaniment to Ms. Kurtz's incendiary ''It's the Day
of Atonement, 2001'' included an ornate violin part, played by Mary Rowell
on an instrument owned by Ms. Kurtz's grandfather. Ms. Molina's ''Pastor
Mentiroso'' and Mr. Verlaine's ''Prove It'' were augmented by appealingly
involved string writing. And Ethel coalesced as a tight band around Mr.
Schlesinger's account of ''That Thing You Do,'' the title song from the 1996
Tom Hanks film about a Beatlesesque rock band, and Mr. Viola's song ''The
Clap'' from this year's film ''Get Him to the Greek.'' 

The one time you heard more of Ethel than you might have expected was in the
full-cast finale, a version of George Harrison's ''While My Guitar Gently
Weeps.'' On balance, the arrangement was lovely, with attractive
imaginatively filled-out textures, graceful vocal harmonies and striking
individual contributions from Ms. Kurtz and Ms. Molina. But with several
properly equipped guitarists onstage, not least Mr. Verlaine and Mr.
Schlesinger, the song's instrumental break turned out to be not a weeping
guitar line but vigorous chordal interplay by Ms. Rowell and Cornelius
Dufallo, the group's violinists, Ralph Farris, its violist, and Dorothy
Lawson, its cellist. 

Lincoln Center Out of Doors runs through Aug. 15; lincolncenter.org. 


PHOTO: Ethel: From left, Mary Rowell, Cornelius Dufallo, Dorothy Lawson,
Patrick A. Derivaz and Tom Verlaine at Damrosch Park. (PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIAN


Source Citation   (MLA 7th Edition) 
Kozinn, Allan. "Where classical, rock, pop and folk meet." New York Times 30
July 2010: C3(L). The New York Times. Web. 24 Mar. 2013.
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