Ralph Farris

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Ralph Farris

Ralph Farris is a Juilliard-trained multi-instrumentalist, conductor, composer, arranger, and record producer. He is a tireless collaborator, whether working as an individual, or as a founding member and Artistic Director of ETHEL, the genre-bending string quartet described by The New York Times as “indefatigable and eclectic,” and by The New Yorker as “vital and brilliant”. That spirit has led to work with a who’s-who of rock stars, filmmakers, choreographers, educators, stage directors and poets. 

Ralph has taken part in major collaborations with ETHELRobert MirabalMolissa Fenley and Frank CassaraAnnie-B Parson,Vijay IyerStewart CopelandMartin Scorsese (on the shortThe Key to Reserva), and Kurt Elling (on the GRAMMY®-winning album Dedicated to You: the Music of Coltrane and Hartman); toured extensively with Roger Daltrey (as Music Director and lead fiddle), Todd RundgrenJoe JacksonEnsemble ModernBang On A CanYo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road EnsembleOrpheus Chamber Ensemble, and Kaki King; performed in concert with Seiji OzawaJohn WilliamsLeonard Bernstein, David ByrneThomas DolbyTom Verlaine, Jill SobuleAndrew BirdFernando OteroJake ShimabukuroJP JofrePete TownsendAlice CooperSinead O’ConnorLou Reed, and Trey Anastasio; conducted The Lion King and Annie on Broadway; composed for film (Noelle Brewer’s short Everything Is OrdinaryAnika Burt’s short Begin AgainSusan Todd’s short The Mother Is the One Who Stretches (with ETHEL); Danièle Wilmouth’s feature Eleanore And The Timekeeper (with ETHEL); Jehane Noujaim’s industrial Pangea Day), for dance (Monkeyhouse), and for the stage (Aquila Theatre’s productions of A Female Philoctetes and The Tempest, Jarrett & Raja, Lawler & Fadoul, the Jerome FoundationBRIC Arts MediaArts BrookfieldOZ NashvilleBAM, and the NEA); arranged music for Five For Fighting (the GRAMMY®-nominated hit “Superman (It’s Not Easy)”), DishwallaChantal KreviazukRoom 11PoundDayna KurtzLord Graham Russell (of Air Supply), and the University of Michigan; recorded with Paul SimonDepeche ModeIvyFountains of WayneRegina CarterClay AikenRod StewartNatalie MerchantBetter than Ezra, and Harry Connick, Jr.; and produced records for ETHEL and the Hevreh Ensemble.

Currently, Ralph is composing a full-length musical, a ballet based on Snow White for Pineapple Dance, performing in his new all-viola quartet Firewood with Gallim Dance in their production of Stone Skipping, touring as part of ETHEL’s production of CIRCUS – Wandering City, which premiered at The Ringling Museum of Art, and producing a series of contemporary classical recordings for composer Stanley Grill.

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