ETHEL's Documerica

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Acclaimed nationwide for eclectic programming and virtuoso performances, string quartet ETHEL returns to the BAM Next Wave Festival to premiere its largest and most ambitious undertaking to date, Documerica. Inspired by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Project Documerica—a massive “snapshot” of America showcased in an astonishing archive of images captured during the recession-plagued, tumultuous 1970s—this multimedia meditation interweaves over 3,000 vintage photographs with commissioned contemporary music for a landmark work. ETHEL commissioned the acclaimed composer Mary Ellen Childs, Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., Chickasaw Nation’s Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, and West Point commissionee James Kimo Williams -- to create new music inspired by the EPA’s images. Coupled with ETHEL’s own original works, the music explores a range of American styles, genres and techniques—blues, jazz, Native American traditional, bluegrass, and old-time string band—filtered through a distinctly 21st-century lens.
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