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2013-14 Season

"Music of the Sun" with ETHEL & Robert Mirabal

February 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

For thousands of years humankind has turned toward the sun for inspiration, be it spiritual, philosophical, or poetic. Ancient sun myths from around the world continue to fascinate scholars and lay people alike. In many Native American cultures each day begins with "running to the sun" - a fusion of spiritual and physical discipline -- a daily search for the sacred.

ETHEL, the pioneering string quartet, and GRAMMY winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal present a program inspired by the sun mythology of Native America. Using the instruments of the string quartet, Native American flutes (Tdoop - Pootse) and drums (Mooloo), as well as the spirited voices of students and community members, ETHEL and Mirabal unite to create a cross-cultural contemporary music event. Included on the program are collaborations on Robert Mirabal's compositions as well as arrangements of ancient Native American music for strings, flutes, percussion, and voices. Musician, writer, singer and storyteller, Robert Mirabal is Native America's most dynamic and best-selling artist. In addition to the music and instruments he creates, he is also a celebrated painter, poet and playwright. He is the author of A Skeleton of a Bridge, a book of poetry, prose and short stories. Mr. Mirabal is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award, three GRAMMYs and the New York Dance and Performer's "Bessie" Award for composition.


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