Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8pm
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union
A meditation on America’s relationship to our land, our resources, and ourselves, Documerica is a multimedia concert that melds multiple screen video projections with original music by some of today’s top composers. Documerica is performed with electrifying virtuosity by the postmodern indie-classical quartet ETHEL.
Described by The New York Times as “new music bonding with old images in rich, provocative and moving ways,” ETHEL’s Documerica juxtaposes manipulated vintage 1970s visuals with the music of today. Inspired by and showcasing evocative imagery from Project Documerica, a photographic archive commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency, the program explores this compelling snapshot of a tumultuous era that powerfully connects to today’s environmental and social issues.
Featuring new work by ETHEL members and commissioned composers Mary Ellen Childs, Ulysses Owens Jr., Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, and James Kimo Williams, the program’s music is in constant dialogue with the projections in an arc that is by turns urban, rural, pastoral, and gritty. ETHEL selected composers for ETHEL’s Documerica who represent the diversity of America. Hailing from different regions, backgrounds and generations, and influenced by a variety of musical practices, genres and forms, each contributes his or her distinctive voice to the program.