June 20, 2015 – Grand Performances Presents Wattstax Revisited – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Co-producing and music-directing Wattstax: Revisited on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Grand Performances.

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presented by grand performances

Produced by Dexter StoryJonathan Rudnick and Rocío Wyldeflower Contreras
(producers of Minnie Riperton, People Get Ready, Nina Simone and Gil Scott-Heron tributes)

Music Director: Dexter Story | Vocalists: Jimetta Rose, Nia Andrews, Anderson .Paak, N’Dambi, John Bigham, Godfrey at Large and Chris Pierce | Percussion: Allakoi Peete | Drums: Ronald Bruner | Bass: Brandon Eugene Owens | Guitar: John Bigham | Keys: Brandon Coleman | Hammond B3 Organ: Kenneth Crouch | Tenor Saxophone: Kamasi Washington | Trombone: Elizabeth Lea | Trumpet: Christopher Gray | DJ: Jeremy Sole (KCRW) | Visuals: Steve Nalepa | MC: Jimetta Rose | Music Consultant & Guest of Honor: Mr. Reggie Andrews

Taking place on the 50th Anniversary of the historic South Central protest events which inspired the original festival, WATTSTAX ‘REVISITED’ revives the funk, soul, dancing, and comedic fun of the 1972 concert and 1973 documentary with a signature array of dynamic performers, musicians, striking visuals and very special guests.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 / 8pm / Free

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Grand Performances / California Plaza
350 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90071


Announcement: Community Outreach Liaison at Ford Theatre Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Accepted position as Community Outreach Liaison with Ford Theatre Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission as of May 4, 2015.

Responsibilities Include:

– Research and identify performing artists, arts organizations and producers who are eligible for program opportunities with the LA County Arts Commission, such as the Ford’s Partnership Program, JAM Sessions and Big!World!Fun! family series and the Arts Commission’s Musicians Roster and Holiday Celebration, with an emphasis on ensuring that successful applicants reflect the diversity of cultural and artistic traditions practiced in the region.
– Build relationships between the Ford and artists, producers and community leaders.
– Inform targeted communities of Ford opportunities through informational presentations and by interfacing with the public at festivals.
– Participate in the development of the Ford Theatre Foundation’s new volunteer and advisory council programs both of which will be geared toward strengthening awareness and participation in Ford programming.
– Provide administrative support including but not limited to: scheduling, documenting and supporting facilitation of meetings, writing reports, creating spreadsheets, and maintaining program files and archives.
– Other duties as assigned.




May 12, 2015 – Radio Afrique Monthly – Hyperion Tavern, Los Angeles, CA

DJ set with Jesse Peterson at Rani de Leon and Sonny Abegaze’s monthly gathering at Hyperion Tavern in Silverlake on Tuesday, May 12.

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Radio Afrique is a sublime monthly gathering celebrating the diversity and richness of music found in the various regions of Africa. desert blues, angola soul, ethio jazz, and nigerian disco are some of the genres we amplify on this special night.

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FREE / 10pm-2am

Hyperion Tavern
1941 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Commentary: This event happened and I note that it was extraordinary. I am honored to be a part of a community of music connoisseurs and musicologists. Keep abreast of Radio Afrique’s events at http://www.rafrique.com.

April 19, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live @ LA Times Festival of Books 2015 – USC, Los Angeles, CA

Playing guitar and keys with Ethio Cali live at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC on Sunday, April 19.142922765655304888a333f

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists creating their work on-site. There’s also a photography exhibit, film screenings followed by Q&A’s and discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics. The festival attracts approximately 150,000 people each year of all ages from Southern California and even other parts of the country.

Ethio Cali Live
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Sound Stage
LA Times Festival of Books
USC Campus


April 11 & 18, 2015 – Gaslamp Killer Experience Live @ Coachella – Indio, CA

Playing percussion with the Gaslamp Killer Experience featuring Brainfeeder recording artist Gaslamp Killer at Coachella 2015 (April 11 and 18, 2015). The Gaslamp Killer Experience is a 12-piece band playing the original music and arrangements of Gaslamp Killer.

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
April 11 & 18, 2015
Gobi Stage
Empire Polo Club
81-800 Avenue 51
Indio, CA 92201
(888) 512-7469


March 25, 2015 – Radio Afrique, Azla Vegan and Dexter Story Present Girma Yifrashewa in Concert – The Carriage House, South Pasadena, CA

Co-presenting (with Radio Afrique and Azla Vegan) an evening of Ethiopian Classical Music featuring renowned pianist Girma Yifrashewa at South Pasadena’s Carriage House on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.


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A rare Los Angeles solo performance by Ethiopia’s renowned pianist and composer, Girma Yifrashewa.

Born in 1967 in Addis Ababa, Girma Yifrashewa combines the ecstasy of Ethiopian harmony with the grandeur of virtuoso piano technique. Yifrashewa has trained at renowned institutions including the Yared School of Music in Ethiopia, Sofia State Conservatory in Bulgaria, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Hochschule fur Music Und Theater in Germany. A highly accomplished performer of classical repertoire, Yifrashewa has chosen to remain in Ethiopia, helping to forge a classical tradition for his country.

Currently, Yifrashewa works to promote Ethiopian and Classical Music through cultural commissions and tours throughout Africa, Europe and beyond.

This intimate performance hosted at The Carriage House will be Yifrashewa’s only Los Angeles appearance on this tour.

We invite you to join us for this truly special occasion.

An Evening of Ethiopian Classical Music with

7pm / 2 Sets / $20

The Carriage House
1215 Garfield Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Tickets available at rafrique.com

Light fare & coffee ceremony by Azla Vegan

Presented by Radio Afrique, Dexter Story & Azla Vegan
Photo by Victor G. Jeffreys II

Born in Addis Ababa in 1967, Girma Yifrashewa’s life in music began with the Kirar, a traditional Ethiopian harp. Introduced to piano at the age of 16 at the Yared School of Music in Addis Ababa, he later studied at the Sofia State Conservatory of Music in Bulgaria. When the fall of the Communist regime in 1989 ended his scholarship, he emigrated to Italy, returning to the Sofia Conservatory in 1991 to earn a Masters in Piano under Professor Atanas Kurtev. In Bulgaria he made an impact as a solo pianist, performing the works of Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, and Debussy until his return to Ethiopia in 1995.

After returning to Ethiopia in 1995, Yifrashewa taught piano at the Yared School of Music until 2001. Following the passing of Ethiopian composer Ashenafi Kebede in 1998, Yifrashewa moved beyond his conservatory repertoire and began his career as a composer, penning the composition “The Shepherd With The Flute” – an homage to Kebede’s most famous work, “The Shepherd Flutist.”

Since then, Yifrashewa has established himself a pre-eminent composer of Ethiopia, touring Africa and Europe extensively. His first US release, Love and Peace (Unseen Worlds), was released in 2014.