LIVE: Ethel with Robert Mirabal @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 2/25/12

April 27th, 2012, 2:30 pm by Greg
Ethel with Robert Mirabal

Ethel with Robert Mirabal

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Ethel is a contemporary string quartet playing in a similar experimental style of their better known contemporaries and peers, the Kronos Quartet.

Native American musician, bandleader, flutist and percussionist Robert Mirabal is better known to the public, largely because of his electrified and triumphant PBS-TV special, “Music from a Painted Cave,” which aired over a decade ago. That live concert of Native American rock and pop presented a younger Mirabal aggressively fronting an outfit full of drumbeats and screaming guitars.

But at his recent concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the multi-talented Grammy-winning Mirabal was going back to his tribal (Pueblo) roots, both compositionally and as a performer. It was definitely going to be an acoustic evening this time out.

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