The Ethos Collective is a Vancouver-based ensemble comprised of flutist Samantha Fu, cellist Stefan Hintersteininger, violinist Kathryn Emiko Lee, pianist Chris Morano, and percussionists Katie Rife and Timothy Van Cleave. Partially due to their unique instrumentation, but mostly because of their desire to go beyond the genre of classical contemporary music, the collective places a strong emphasis on improvised music.
Since their inception in 2011 they have been presented in concert by the Redshift Music Society, Open Space Arts Society, Vancouver New Music, Canadian Music Centre, Barking Sphinx, UBC School of Music, and Douglas College, and have been awarded grants by the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the SOCAN Foundation.
Their creative interests include furthering their exploration of improvisation, continuing to develop their unique musical language, and seeking out collaborators of all sorts. (And if you’d like to seek us out, that’s cool too. In fact it’s encouraged!) They continually build a core repertoire for the ensemble, through pursuing commissions and seeking out composers interested in writing for an improvisatory new music ensemble that mostly thinks of itself as a band. They also have a strong interest in educational projects and performing in non-traditional venues.