In 1971, the newly established Environmental Protection Agency launched Project Documerica, commissioning photographers to create a massive “snapshot” of America. Inspired by the massive archive of this tumultuous time, modern string quartet Ethel created Documerica, a multimedia project that interweaves stunning projections of more than 3,000 vintage photographs with newly commissioned contemporary music by Mary Ellen Childs, Ulysses Owens, Jr., Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and James Kimo Williams. Coupled with Ethel’s own original works, the music explores blues, jazz, Native American traditional, bluegrass and old-time string band, filtered through a distinctly 21st-century lens.
Jackson Hall Stage | Post-Performance
Moderated by: Jeremy Ganter, Associate Executive Director and Director of Programming, Mondavi Center, UC Davis