The pioneering post-classical string quartet ETHEL was founded in 1998. The ensemble invigorates contemporary concert music with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming, and exceptional artistry, keeping an eye toward tradition and an ear to the future. ETHEL is a leading force in concert music’s reengagement with musical vernaculars, fusing diverse traditions into a vibrant sound that resonates with audiences the world over. The New York City-based quartet comprises Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin), and Tema Watstein (violin). Their appearances at BAM include Everywhere (2005 Next Wave) and TruckStop™: The Beginning (2008 Next Wave).