Commissioned by WNYC, Public Radio, John The Revelator is a new work by downtown music virtuoso Phil Kline. Based on concepts from the Bible's apocalyptic Book of Revelation and named after a song by blues legend Blind Willie Johnson, this work is a mass for the 21st century. Written specifically for the early music vocal sextet Lionheart and featuring New York's electrifying string quartet ETHEL, this work treats the Winter Garden as a contemporary version of a medieval cathedral.
From vast boombox symphonies to chamber music and song cycles, Phil Kline's work has been hailed for its originality, beauty, subversive subtext, and wry humor.
Celebrated for its breath-taking sound, Lionheart is best known for its interpretation of medieval and Renaissance a cappella music, with Gregorian chant as the keystone of its repertoire.
ETHEL is four world-class string musicians who have come together to create a hot new sound that is bluesy, hard swinging, playful, and fueled by fiery passion, but ultimately defies categorization.
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Added by ethelcentral on November 2, 2006