July 26, 2013 – KCRW Presents Ethio Cali featuring Dereb The Ambassador Live @ Grand Performances – California Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing drum set with Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali Ensemble featuring Sydney-based vocalist Dereb Desalegn (aka Dereb The Ambassador) live at Grand Performances on Friday, July 26. This show is sponsored by KCRW and also features The University of Gnawa.


About Todd Simon’s Ethio-Cali Ensemble:
Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethiopian jazz ensemble led by trumpeter/arranger/composer Todd Simon and featuring a cast of the finest musicians from Southern California. 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 and roots-inspired. Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Columbia.
Ethio Cali featuring Dereb The Ambassador Live
Friday, July 26, 2013
Grand Performances
California Plaza
350 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown Los Angeles
Commentary: What’s so special about this show is that this will be the first time that Ethio Cali has performed with international superstar Dereb The Ambassador. We have also wanted to perform with him and we feel like this is the right opportunity to collaborate with such an amazing vocalist. I look forward to it. The set list is fire.