October 21, 2013 – Todd M. Simon and Ethio Cali Ensemble Jazz Forum Guest Lecturers – Cal Arts University, Valencia, CA

Playing drum set and percussion and guest lecturing with Ethio Cali Ensemble at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia on Monday, October 21, 2013. The Jazz Program presents visiting artists Todd M. Simon & Ethio Cali Ensemble, as part of the Jazz Forum.

Ethio Cali Color

Todd Simon and Ethio Cali Ensemble
Guest Lecturers
Herb Alpert School of Music
California Institute of the Arts University
Roy O. Disney Music Hall
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355


Commentary: It is an honor to guest lecture with Todd and Ethio Cali at Cal Arts. I am looking forward to giving the students the inside track to Ethiopian scales and rhythms. My life is enriched by contributing to the exposure of this indigenous artform and I hope the students are ready to learn. The last time I was at Cal Arts, I played with Nedra Wheeler in a daze, and this time, I am planning to be more present and open. Hats off to Todd for setting this up.


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