March 22, 2015 – Carlos Niño Presents The Cosmic Band Connection Live on Spaceways Radio Finale – KPFK 90.7 (Spaceways Radio)

Playing drum set with The Cosmic Band Connection in support of Carlos Niño’s last Spaceways Radio broadcast on 90.7 KPFK. The broadcast is 10p to 12a on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
Spaceways _ Dublab
with Roy and MaxSunday, March 22, 2015
Spaceways Radio FINALE

Hour 1 – Live Performance by:
The Spaceways Radio / Cosmic Band Connection
with DWIGHT TRIBLE Voice, KAMASI WASHINGTON Saxophone,
MIGUEL ATWOOD-FERGUSON Strings, MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE Piano,
EUGENE OWENS Bass, DEXTER STORY Drums,
and Yours Truly Percussion and Recitation of NamesHour 2 – DJ Set by: J.ROCC
https://twitter.com/jrocc
10:00pm – Midnight PACIFIC

KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles
http://www.kpfk.org/index.php/listen-live

Carlos Niño – KPFK Volunteer Programmer 1995 – 2015

This will mark 20 Years of Volunteer Programming at KPFK for me.
It’s been an incredible experience! I’m truly grateful for the extended
opportunity to grow and share on the air! So much wonderful Music
and LOVE! Wow! Thank you so much for the magical journey!

March 19, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live (3 of 4 Residency) – Acabar Restaurant, West Hollywood, CA

Playing guitar and arranging with Ethio Cali Ensemble at Acabar Restaurant in West Hollywood on Thursday, March 19. This is the third of four in a weekly residency in March.

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ETHIO CALI ACABAR RESIDENCY
THURSDAYS IN MARCH (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th)

Featuring special DJ sets by:
– CANYON CODY – MARCH 5
– ETHIO CALI DJS – MARCH 12
– CARLOS NINO – MARCH 19
– BOSS HARMONY – MARCH 26

And resident/host/music director: WISEACRE aka ERIC TUCKER

Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethio-Jazz ensemble, led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Todd Simon. The ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960’s and 70’s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles. Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-Jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Colombia.

9pm
Dinner til midnight
$10. ADVANCE TIX http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ethio-cali-acabar-residency-tickets-15833749170?aff=erelexporg
$10. AT THE DOOR
21+ w/ ID

ACABAR
1510 North Stanley Avenue (@ Sunset Blvd.)

West Hollywood
http://acabar-la.com/
https://www.facebook.com/acabarla

about ETHIO CALI:
http://ethiocali.com/
https://soundcloud.com/ethiocali
https://www.facebook.com/EthioCali

https://www.facebook.com/events/1439906452916670/

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.

 

Girma Yifrashewa Flyer

 

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.
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An Evening of Ethiopian Classical Music with
GIRMA YIFRASHEWA
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

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
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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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/797349493676556/

March 17, 2015 – The Satellite Presents A Tribute to Van Morrison Live – The Satellite, Silverlake, CA

Playing percussion at A Tribute to Van Morrison event at The Satellite in honor of St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, March 17. The all-star band is music directed by bassist Jonathan Flaugher.

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The Satellite Presents
A Tribute to Van Morrison
With performances by Brother Sal, Eric Kufs, Eli Wulfmeyer, Patrice Quinn, Laura Mace, Chris Pierce, Leslie Stevens, Chris Seifried, Brett Farkus, The Grand Southern, Trevor Menear, Phillip Krohnengold, Adam Busch, John Black

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Doors: 8:30pm / Show: 9:00pm / 21+

http://thesatellitela.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/834078579989649/permalink/839527746111399/

A Tribute to Van Morrison with performances by, Brother Sal, Eric Kufs, Eli Wulfmeyer, Patrice Quinn, Laura Mace, Chris Pierce, Leslie Stevens, Chris Seifried, Brett Farkas, The Grand Southern, Trevor Menear, Phillip Krohnengold, Adam Busch, John Black

March 5, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live (Residency) – Acabar, West Hollywood, CA

Playing guitar and arranging with Ethio Cali Ensemble at Acabar Restaurant in West Hollywood. This is the first in a weekly residency in March.

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ETHIO CALI ACABAR RESIDENCY
THURSDAYS IN MARCH (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th)

Featuring special DJ sets by:
– CANYON CODY – MARCH 5
– ETHIO CALI DJS – MARCH 12
– CARLOS NINO – MARCH 19
– BOSS HARMONY – MARCH 26

And resident/host/music director: WISEACRE aka ERIC TUCKER

Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethio-Jazz ensemble, led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Todd Simon. The ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960’s and 70’s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles. Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-Jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Colombia.

9pm
Dinner til midnight
$10. ADVANCE TIX http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ethio-cali-acabar-residency-tickets-15833749170?aff=erelexporg
$15. AT THE DOOR
21+ w/ ID

ACABAR
1510 North Stanley Avenue (@ Sunset Blvd.)

West Hollywood
http://acabar-la.com/
https://www.facebook.com/acabarla

about ETHIO CALI:
http://ethiocali.com/
https://soundcloud.com/ethiocali
https://www.facebook.com/EthioCali

https://www.facebook.com/events/1439906452916670/

February 27 & 28, 2015 – Adam Rudolph Presents Go: Organic Orchestra Los Angeles Live – The Electric Lodge, Venice, CA

Played drum set and auxiliary percussion with Adam Rudolph’s Go:Organic Orchestra at The Electric Lodge in Venice on February 27 and 28, 2015.

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ADAM RUDOLPH conducts GO: ORGANIC ORCHESTRA
Featuring BENNIE MAUPIN
Electric Lodge; Venice, CA
8:00PM
February 27 – February 28, 2015
Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/366685366846854/
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1198312
Electric Lodge website: http://electriclodge.org/

GO: ORGANIC ORCHESTRA /LOS ANGELES

BENNIE MAUPIN Bass Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone, PABLO CALOGERO Bass Clarinet and Tibetan Trumpet, MICHAEL BIRNBRYER Clarinet, GUSTAVO BULGACH Clarinet, TRACY WANNOMAE Bass Clarinet, CHARLES SHARP Contra Bass and B Flat Clarinet, MYKA MILLER Oboe and English Horn, TARA SPEISER Bassoon, EMILY HAY Flute, ELLEN BURR Flute, FAWNTICE FINESSE Flute, THOMAS STONES Flute, DAVID JOHNSON Vibraphone, GB Electronics, RONIT KIRCHMAN Violin, BILL CASALE Bass, JEFF SCHWARTZ Bass, LIBBY SCHWARTZ French Horn, AARON KAHN Trumpet, RANDY GLOSS Percussion, MUNYUNGO JACKSON Percussion, ADAM YASMIN Percussion, ALLAKOI PEETE Percussion, DEXTER STORY Drums,TE’AMIR SWEENEY Percussion, CARLOS NIÑO Percussion

Commentary: Performing with Adam Rudolph and Go:Organic Orchestra is life-changing. The experience is transformational. I lose myself. This was my second year of participation but I have attended Adam’s events numerous times. I am honored to have been on stage with such a vital force in modern music along with a host of great musicians. If you’ve never seen this show live, I highly recommend you attend next year.