Playing drum set with Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali Ensemble performing the entire Mulatu Astatke album “Mulatu of Ethiopia” on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Blue Whale (DTLA). This special concert is the first of a three-month residency and features saxophonist Justo Almario who performed on the 1972 recording. Also featured will be steel pan master Alan Lightner on vibraphones for the first time with the group.
Todd Simon and Blue Whale Present
Ethio Cali Ensemble Performs “Mulatu of Ethiopia” Live
Featuring Justo Almario
Sunday, October 20, 2013
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Commentary: My favorite group Ethio Cali Ensemble kicks off a monthly residency at the Blue Whale by tackling the “Mulatu of Ethiopia” album live. I am beyond excited playing this classic Ethio Jazz recording with the guys featuring legendary saxophonist Justo Almario. It has always been my dream to mount a live album series at a club like The Blue Whale. The icing on the cake will be pan player Alan Lightner on vibraphone doing the Mulatu Astatke parts. This show is a must-see!