GRAND OPENING – ETHEL/ Marc Ribot: Film Noir Project / Fred Frith & Shelley Hirsch

Friday, September 16, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

Acclaimed as America’s premier postclassical string quartet, ETHEL invigorates contemporary concert music with refreshing exuberance, fierce intensity, imaginative programming and exceptional artistry. Formed in 1998, New York’s ebullient ETHEL is comprised of Juilliard-trained performers Jennifer Choi (violin), Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), and Dorothy Lawson (cello).

ETHEL performs adventurous music of the past four decades, with emphasis on works composed since 1995. Their repertoire includes self-composed works, as well as works by such luminaries as Julia Wolfe, Phil Kline, John Zorn, Steve Reich, John King, JacobTV, David Lang, Scott Johnson, Don Byron, Marcelo Zarvos, Evan Ziporyn, and Mary Ellen Childs.
Boldly exploring new synergies between tradition and technology, ETHEL initiates innovative collaborations with an extraordinary community of American and international artists

Guitarist/composer Marc Ribot presents Film Noir – an ensemble exploring a lonely place between classic noir film scores of the 40’s thru 60’s, and the 80’s No-Wave bands who worshipped them – including re-arrangements of Henry Mancini (Touch of Evil), Andre Previn (Scene of the Crime), Roy Budd (Get Carter), on the one hand; and John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, John Zorn, Rootless Cosmopolitans, and new noir by Marc Ribot on the other.

Originally commissioned as a project for the New School’s Noir Arts Festival in April 2011, the premiere featured Ribot’s fellow Lounge Lizard veterans Doug Weiselman (reeds) and Curtis Fowkles (trombone), plus Shahzad Ismaily (bass), Rob Burger (keys), John Mettam (drums, perc), and a 3 piece string section (violin, viola, cello) led by Christina Courtin.

Shelley Hirsch is “an unorthodox, extraordinary fusion of vocalist, composer, and performance artist ” (Anne LeBaron) whose work encompasses story telling pieces, staged performances, compositions, improvisations, collaborations, installations, and radioplays, which have been presented on 5 continents… Hirsch has performed hundreds of concerts of improvised music with great musicians including Anthony Coleman, Christian Marclay, Ikue Mori, Toshio Kajiwara, Hans Reichel, Min Xiao Fen, Tony Buck, David Simons, Johannes, Connie and Matthias Bauer, Paul Lovens, David Watson, Marina Rosenfeld, Jim Staley, DJ Olive, Denman Maroney, Joey Baron, Mark Dresser, Ned Rothenberg, Marc Ribot, Cyro Baptista, Butch Morris, Elliot Sharp, Uchihashi Kasuhisa, Joe Williamson, etc, etc.

Composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist, has situated himself for more than thirty years in the area where rock music and new music meet. Co-founder of the British underground band Henry Cow (1968-78), he moved to New York in the late seventies and came into contact with many of the musicians with whom he’s since been associated, including, for example, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Tom Cora, Zeena Parkins, and Bob Ostertag.

$35 General Admission
$100 Front Rows
*No student, senior or member pricing

*$65 of the Front Row ticket price is a tax deductible donation to Roulette in celebration of its Grand Opening*