KEENE, N.H. -- Multi-platinum recording artist Todd Rundgren will rock to the tunes of the 1970s with ETHEL, an unconventional post-classical string quartet on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College. The Keene performance is part of a multicity U.S. "Tell Me Something Good" tour that will reunite these two innovative artists.
"Tell Me Something Good" brings ETHEL and Rundgren together as they draw material and inspiration from the sounds and scenes of the 1970s, the era of funk, glam rock, early minimalism, Watergate and the Vietnam War. This program celebrates the decade that birthed the best known music of rock icon Rundgren, who has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music as a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist and, most recently, interactive artist.
ETHEL is punk and classical, a pacesetter that's both challenging and accessible. Formed in 1998, the New York City-based ETHEL comprises Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin) and Tema Watstein (violin). The artists will remain after the performance to answer questions and sign CDs. ETHEL and Rundgren also will lead a Creating Rock Arrangements for Strings open workshop on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall. The workshop is free and open to the public. Tickets are required to attend the Tuesday night