The River: String Quartet ETHEl and Robert Mirabal in Concert
String quartet ETHEL and Grammy Award–winning instrumentalist Robert Mirabal collaborate in this cross-cultural concert experience of instrumental virtuosity, song, and storytelling. Inspired by water as the embodiment of spirit and its essential role in life on Earth, ETHEL and Mirabal create an immersive flow of music, narrative, and ritual that evoke timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry. Continuing a deeply successful six-year collaboration inspired by ceremonies dedicated to the sun, ETHEL and Native American musician, instrument builder, and three-time Grammy Award winner Mirabal present their next evolution of the cross-cultural concert experience. This program is an integral journey in instrumental virtuosity, song, and storytelling as ETHEL and Robert Mirabal evoke the magic and majesty of The River, which connects us all. In retreat together, at Mirabal’s home on the Taos Pueblo, each of the artists brought original musical or poetic works with special significance to the group. As the Pueblo River rushed past the door, storms came and went, and coyotes howled in the night, the pieces grew in scope and depth, each player contributing layers and insights. Influences were drawn in from Hawaii, Arizona, Mexico, Ecuador, Morocco, Nigeria, India, Mongolia, Tibet, Japan, and Soviet Georgia. In sum, the sound is dazzling and the spirit is full of generosity, love, and gratitude.