August 12, 2018 – Dexter Story Presents Tezeta West – Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story directs and performs with Armenian musicians in a curated show that celebrates the musical connection between Ethiopia and Armenia on Sunday, August 12, 2018.

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Featured musicians are:

Vardan Ovsepian – piano
Artyom Manukyan – cello
Andranig Kzirian – oud
Dexter Story – percussion, aux instruments, lecture

About the Program

Join composer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Dexter Storyon a journey through Near Eastern and African music.

Informed by his current ethnographic research at UCLA, Story has assembled a first-rate group of Armenian and Ethiopian musicians to explore the theme of nostalgia, also known as tezeta in Ethiopia’s national language Amharic. For this riveting performance, the musicians will celebrate the poignant and historic relationship between these two ancient cultures. Their repertoire includes both compositions and improvisational works that explore loss, displacement, migration, community, reclamation, dignity, and release.

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Dexter Story Presents Tezeta West

Sunday, August 12, 12:00 and 2:00pm
Two identical sets with lecture, questions and answers.

https://www.skirball.org/programs/family-amphitheater-performances/dexter-story-presents-tezeta-west

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August 14, 2016 – Spaceland and Rum & Humble Present King Sunny Adé Live w/ Opening Band: Dexter Story & Wondem – The Regent Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story & Wondem perform opening set for septuagenarian African legend King Sunny Adé live at the Regent Theatre on Sunday, August 14. The event is produced by Spaceland and Rum & Humble.King Sunny Adé The Regent13331028_1918234255069747_7231699013138194537_n

Spaceland Presents and Rum & Humble Present…

King Sunny Ade at The Regent

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Sunday, August 14th, 2016
The Regent – DTLA
448 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA
8:00 pm
18+
King Sunny Ade:
Since the evolution of juju music in Nigeria in the thirties no exponent has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Ade. As a singer, composer and guitarist, he has succeeded over the years in taking this Nigerian social music type to international heights.

Ade came on the scene in 1966 following his induction as a samba player in a small group led by showman and comedian Baba Sala, known in real life as Moses Olaiya. And with his own ten piece band, the Green Spots, Ade made his first record in 1967, playing the guitar solos himself. He however, blazed into prominence a year after with a hit single in praise of Stationery Stores football club which carved him a gold disc as a result of its massive sales. Since then Ade has been in the limelight.

Facebook Event:

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July 17, 2016 – Wondem Live @ Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC ‎Little Tokyo Concert Series, James Irvine Japanese Garden, Downtown LA, CA

Dexter Story and Wondem band perform at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC ‎Little Tokyo Concert Series, James Irvine Japanese Garden on Sunday, July 17, 2016.13256117_10153945629802550_8652652627639686_n.jpg_ND32150……………………………………………………………………………………………..
This summer, JACCC presents four, intimate outdoor concerts inside downtown’s James Irvine Japanese Garden in Little Tokyo.

SUNDAYS: JULY 10: SHEILA GOVINDARAJAN | JULY 17: WONDEM | JULY 24: DWIGHT TRIBLE’S ALTERNATE ANGLES + CARLOS NIÑO & FRIENDS | JULY 31: THE LONG LOST | EVERY SUNDAY: DUBLAB

$12 PRESALE, $15 DOOR | LIMITED ADMISSION | 5-9PM | 21+

Tickets available here: jaccc.org/littletokyoconcertseries

Returning for its second season, the Little Tokyo Concert Series honors the intimate, outdoor and natural setting as an ideal environment to experience good music up close. With a diverse lineup of LA’s hottest acts, each night will be a unique and exciting way to wrap your weekends. After selling out each concert last year, we are thrilled to bring this series back to Los Angeles with a fresh line-up, here in the heart of Little Tokyo.

Indulge in sake and soba bar for a taste of Little Tokyo. Visit and experience the magic hours of the summer in great company…

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JULY 17: WONDEM
+ dublab DJ Frosty

On his debut Soundway Records release, Dexter Story distills his diverse background in soul, funk, jazz and folk idioms into his own unique and worldly voice. Borrowing from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya, this collection of East African-influenced music is a testament to Story’s decades of dedication to artistic excellence.

listen: wondem.bandcamp.com

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TICKETS

Tickets are $12 presale, $15 general admission, and are available at JACCC.ORG/littletokyoconcertseries

LIMITED NUMBER OF EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE BETWEEN MAY 24-MAY 31.
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LOCATION

JAMES IRVINE JAPANESE GARDEN
(Japanese American Cultural & Community Center)
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

GARDEN ENTRANCE

The entrance to the garden is conveniently located on San Pedro Street between 2nd and 3rd streets. Look for the narrow walkway between the JACCC Center Building and the adjacent alley.

PARKING

Joe’s Auto Parks/Sho Tokyo Garage
350 E 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

$10 parking. The entrance to Joe’s Auto Parks is on 2nd Street, walk across the JACCC plaza to the San Pedro Street garden entrance.

*Street parking in Little Tokyo is also free on Sundays.
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Generous support from dublab, Amoeba Records, LA Downtowner, L.A. Record, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Aratani Foundation & Bloomberg Philanthropies

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.
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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.

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