October 7, 2017 – Angel City Jazz and Dublab Present Go:Organic Orchestra featuring Bennie Maupin Live – RedCat

Dexter Story performs drum set with Adam Rudolph’s Go:Organic Orchestra live at RedCat Theatre on October 7, 2017. The evening is billed as Moving Pictures + Go:Organic Orchestra.

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Go: Organic Orchestra

Go: Organic Orchestra is a 21st century vision of a “future orchestra”.  Artistic director Adam Rudolph’s prototypical approach to composing and improvisational conducting embraces music forms and cosmologies from around the world.

Using a non-linear score with his unique approach to rhythm as the seed material, Rudolph improvisationally conducts the musicians in concert. This creates spontaneous orchestrations which serve as both context and inspiration for the musicians improvisational dialogue.
Over the past two decades Rudolph has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians in the Go: Organic Orchestra concept in throughout North America and Europe.

The multicultural dynamic of Go: Organic Orchestra itself expresses a creative vision of our shared humanity. It is a realization of creative community in a world without boundaries; of culture as the vessel for understanding, empathy and sharing.

ADAM RUDOLPH – COMPOSER/CONDUCTOR
BENNIE MAUPIN – BASS CLARINET, SOPRANO SAX

Fawntice Finesse – flutes
Thomas Stones – flutes
Damon Banks– el. bass
Kenny Wessel– el. guitar, banjo
Alexis Marcelo – fender rhodes, piano
Randy Gloss – gongs, frame drums, percussion
Munyungo Jackson – congas, percussion
Hamid Drake – drum set, percussion
Dexter Story – drum set, percussions
Carlos NiÑo –  coloristic percussion

Gustavo Bulgach – B flat clarinet
Pablo Calogero – bass clarinet, Tibetan trumpet
Ralph M. Jones – flutes, bass clarinet, soprano and tenor sax
Charles Sharp – contra bass and B flat clarinets
Michael Birnbryer – clarinet, bass clarinet
Myka Miller – oboe, english horn
Tara Speiser – bassoon
Graham Haynes – cornet, flugelhorn
Ronit Kirchman – el. violin
Emily Hay – flutes
Ellen Burr – flutes

http://www.metarecords.com/go.html

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October 7, 2017 – Dexter Story Remixed by Mark de Clive-Lowe @ Eagle Rock Music Festival – Eagle Rock, CA

Dexter Story and Mark de Clive-Lowe team up for a live remix of Dexter Story’s past music releases on Saturday, October 7 at Eagle Rock Music Festival. de Clive-Lowe will take the stage interpretations by the band and process them to create something new and exciting.

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http://cfaer.org/

September 16, 2017 – Wondem Live at Open Arts & Music Festival – Glendale, CA

Dexter Story’s Wondem band performs live in Glendale at The Open Arts & Music Festival on September 17 at 5pm. The band will play music from the 2015 Wondem release as well as new material from the upcoming Soundway album.
OAMF

DESCRIPTION

2nd Annual Open Arts & Music Festival is a free family-friendly event in the heart of Downtown Glendale and is produced in collaboration with artists, performers, community leaders, local businesses, and organizations.

Live music performances by:

Run River North
DUCKWRTH
Buyepongo
Wondem
Boogaloo Assassins
Yavaran
El Santo Golpe
Monalisa (MC/Host)

All-day Programming:

  • Public Art Installations and Video Projections by Y_NIS
  • Kids Area with a Rock Climbing Wall, Instrument Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Life-sized games, and more!
  • Arts Market featuring all-ages activities and workshops
  • Craft Beer Garden at the Alex Theatre Forecourt
  • Community Resource Center

Saturday, September 16, 2017
2-10 PM
Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA
Free & All-Ages

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Presented by Glendale Arts and the Downtown Glendale Association

#openglendale #oam17

Want to get involved?

Questions: info@openartsmusic.com
Volunteer: Click here
Vendors: vendors@openartsmusic.com
Sponsors: sponsors@openartsmusic.com
Media: media@openartsmusic.com

September 1, 2017 – Film Release: I Do… Until I Don’t (Director: Lake Bell) – Worldwide

Dexter Story celebrates the release of director Lake Bell’s “I Do… Until I Don’t” film on September 1. Story composed the original music score.

Lake Bell’s ‘I Do…Until I Don’t’ Locks Down Labor Day Weekend Opening

August 23, 2017 – Kamasi Washington Live Opening for Herbie Hancock – Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA

Dexter Story sings in the choir with Kamasi Washington live at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday, August 23. Kamasi opens his first solo bowl show for the master Herbie Hancock with live strings, choir and the West Coast Get Down.

Kamasi and Herbie

Description:

Continually re-imagining jazz, the ever-ingenious Oscar- and multiple Grammy-winning pianist Herbie Hancock will bring his newest mind-blowing explorations to life with his amazing new band. L.A. native Kamasi Washington’s groundbreaking debut album The Epic and his stunning live performances around the world have brought the legacy of 20th century jazz to a new cohort of millennial hip-hop fans and more.

Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.

Questions? Call the Box Office at 323.850.2000 or visit http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/herbie-hancock-kamasi-washington/2017-08-23

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July 29, 2017 – Mothership Landing: Funk and The Afrofuturist Universe of 1977 – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story co-produces and music directs “Mothership Landing,” a concert celebrating 1977 cosmic funk album releases by Parliament-Funkadelic, Earth Wind & Fire, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and Sun Ra on Saturday, July 29.


Join us for FREE summer concerts in DTLA!
40 years ago, funk music hit critical mass with the release of groundbreaking Afrofurist-themed albums like Live P-Funk Earth Tour, Funkentelechy and All ‘N All that would ignite dance floors and shape R&B and hip-hop culture forever. Join us to celebrate the cosmic genius of George Clinton, Maurice White, William “Bootsy” Collins, Bernie Worrell, Junie Morrison, Sun Ra and more…

More info:
http://grandperformances.org/mothership

Directions:
www.grandperformances.org/directions

Keep up with us on Twitter + Instagram
@grandperfs #grandperformances

July 9, 2017 – Double M Jazz Salon Presents Kamau Daaood and a Band of Griots – Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, Culver City, CA

Dexter Story performs on drum set with World Stage founder and international poet Kamau Daaood on Saturday, July 9, 2017.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 1-5pm | Jazz at the Clayton

Double M Jazz Salon 

Kamau Daaood and a Band of Griots

Kamau Daaood and a Band of Griots are Kamau Daaood, poet; Kamau Kenyatta, piano
and saxophone; Teodross Avery, saxophone; Trevor Ware, bass; Dexter Story, drums.

  • 12:30PM DOORS OPEN
  • 1-1:30PM KAMAU DAAOOD INTERVIEWED BY JEFFREY WINSTON
  • 2-3:30PM PERFORMANCE

Tickets are $20. Purchase online at https://goo.gl/zgYI8F.

Click here (PDF) for information.

June 16, 2017 – The Music Center Presents Sleepless – Walt Disney Concert Hall, DTLA, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story curates BP Hall for The Music Center’s Sleepless event on June 16, 2017. This Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours explores the living maze of Walt Disney Concert Hall with all its curious angles and hidden spaces. See the hall transformed by DJs, sonic experiences, projections, dance parties and interactive installations with rare access to the hall’s backstage areas and private rooms. Stay up, get lost and find yourself.

Sleepless June 16

LINEUP:

  • A backstage exploration of The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall curated by the artist collective behind the Griffith Park Teahouse and Petal Drop LA and featuring a strange and surprising view of the city, enhanced by intriguing sights, smells and textures;
  • Get moving in BP hall with beats curated by Dexter Story from Anthony Valadez and DJ Phatrick hosted by KG Superstar and including artist Jesse Gilbert’s real-time video capture of the crowd, distorted and projected in large scale;
  • A birch tree maze designed by scenic artist Martin Vallejo accompanied by evocative music by Ed Barguiarena and ethereal lighting by Sohail Najafi;
  • Encounter Sleepless census takers who will gather late night truths about you, curated by artist Ashley Sparks.
  • Dance to goth, industrial and new beat sounds as DUBLAB turns the Founders room into a dark psychedelic house of mirrors. DJ sets by Remy Marc, Sarah Toones, and Jamal Sharaf El Deen, and installation work by Suzy Poling;
  • Choose Lost OR Found — a one-of-a-kind, intimate, up close and personal live performance in the intimacy of the Listening Rooms with performances by Fabiano Do Nascimento, Katisse Buckingham and Artyom Manukyan, curated by Ed Barguiarena;
  • Nesting in signature Sleepless bean bags amid the other-worldly sounds of Grace Oh’s crystal singing bowls with artists Annik Mendez, Helane Anderson of Sacral Sounds, The Koshi Fairies, Plantwave, and the Sacred Toning Circle.

Cocktails and small bites available for purchase.

Information and artists subject to change.

SLEEPLESS: THE MUSIC CENTER AFTER HOURS
June 16, 2017
11:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall

$20 ONLINE
$30 DOOR

Parking is $5 after 8:00 p.m.

https://www.musiccenter.org/sleepless

 

News: 2017-2019 APAP USC Leadership Fellows Program

Dexter Story confirms acceptance into the 2017 – 2019 APAP USC Leadership Fellows Program. The cohort intensive begins in June 2017.


The program, in its 3rd season, is a 20-month commitment by mid-career professionals from all parts of the performing arts presenting field who are interested not just in improving their capabilities as leaders but in growing and influencing the knowledge and practices of the field of performing arts presenting. The program is organized by annual cohorts of Fellows all of whom have demonstrated a commitment to a collaborative process that will enhance the knowledge, skills, and overall capacity needed to effect change in their current work and for the future.

http://www.apap365.org/Pages/APAP365.aspx

April 30, 2017 – The 33rd Annual Asian Pacific Film Festival Presents The Bronzeville, Little Tokyo Concert – Union Center for the Arts Courtyard, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story performs his original music “The Afro-Asiatic Suite” with the Bronzeville Union quintet at the Bronzeville, Little Tokyo event on Sunday, April 30. The band features Josef Leimberg on trumpet, Josh Johnson on alto saxophone, Mark de Clive-Lowe on piano, Trevor Ware on acoustic bass and Dexter Story on drums.

Festival Art

Bronzeville Little TokyoThe spirit of Bronzeville comes to life with live jazz by The Bronzeville Union (Dexter Story, Josef Leimberg, Josh Johnson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Trevor Ware), excerpts of the play “Bronzeville” by Robey Theatre Company featuring Nikia Chaney and Clarence “Chazz” Ross, and viewing stations for the VR animation “Bronze, Brass, Jazz”.

* Hosted by Alison De La Cruz & Kathie Foley-Meyer
* Altar for Bronzeville & Little Tokyo, by Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan
* Coffee by Cafe’ Santo

Union Center for the Arts, Courtyard
120 Judge John Aiso Street, LA, CA 90012
SUN, 4/30 | 6−9:30PM

http://www.fffmedia.com/bronzeville

http://festival.vconline.org/2017/films/bronzeville/

April 29, 2017 – Future Fest March, Rally and Festival – Florence & Normandie and 81st & Vermont, South Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story co-produces and co-programs “South LA is The Future / A29 Future Fest” march, rally and community festival on Saturday, April 29. The event commemorates the 1992 Los Angeles uprising after the Rodney King verdicts. Featured performers include Los Rakas, Medusa, Cuicani, Josef Leimberg, Mariachi Arcoiris along with DJs Sloe Poke, Al Jackson and Phatrick. Story is working with Revolve Impact, The California Endowment, Community Coalition and over 30 other community partners.


#SouthLAistheFuture

10am – 5pm

Rally and March: Florence & Normandie

Festival: 81st and Vermont

https://www.facebook.com/events/274831009640853/?active_tab=discussion

April 28, 2017 – Metro Arts Presents: Kamau Daaood Live – Union Station, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story performs drums with poet elder / author Kamau Daaood at Union Station on Thursday, April 28, 2017. The event features pianist Mark de Clive-Lowe among other seasoned musicians.


METRO ART PRESENTS: KAMAU DAÁOOD

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month as we welcome legendary Los Angeles performance poet, Kamau Daáood.

Friday, April 28 from 4:00 – 5:30pm in Union Station’s Waiting Room

This screening is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

RSVP on Facebook!

Part of Metro Art’s long-standing partnership with the Poetry Society of America, we are thrilled to present legendary Los Angeles performance poet, Kamau Daáood. Co-founder of the World Stage Performance Gallery, Daáood has spent decades engaged with audiences locally, nationally and internationally. The award winning, critically acclaimed poet’s cascading images, and syncopated flow, likened to improvised music aimed at truth telling and healing is what we have come to expect from his performances. The author and recording artist has been referred to as the word musician due to his electrifying performance style. He will be joined by an amazing group of youthful poets and musicians. Kamau is happy to have the amazing musician, keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe as musical director for this event.

Launched in October 1998, Poetry in Motion/LA™ places poetry directly in the path of more than one million Metro bus riders daily. In addition to placing over 60,000 poetry placards on the interiors of Metro buses, the program also sponsors live poetry readings at busy bus stops and rail stations throughout Los Angeles County during the month of April (National Poetry Month).

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF0DSCTMke8 http://www.mamajazz.org/pages/biokamau.html

http://www.unionstationla.com/happenings/metro-art-presents-kamau-daaood

April 23, 2017 – Music in The Park 2017 featuring Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA

Dexter Story performs percussion with the Music in the Park Community Orchestra conducted by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson featuring his original works. The event is curated by acclaimed tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Drum Hedz, Goodie Mob, Meshell Ndegeocello) and takes place on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

#mitp2017 #7years7stages #thankyou

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (3/6/17)                     

Music In The Park Atlanta

Music In The Park Is Back For An Action Packed 7th Anniversary
Live Music & Art Festival in West End: Seven Stages of Free Music for the Community

Atlanta, GA: Sunday, April 23, Kebbi Williams presents the seventh year of his Music In The Park festival, which brings high caliber international talent to the residents of West End Atlanta. The MITP charity holds concerts, workshops, and educational events in West End throughout the year, culminating in the festival held each Spring.

“Music in the Park started as Kebbi Williams’ vision to display the diversity of the music scene in Atlanta that was underrepresented at the larger festivals in Atlanta. It has grown dramatically in the years since its inception into a festival that rivals the larger more well-funded festivals simply on the determination of Kebbi. He is a true leader in the community. He grew up in the West End, and ever since…he has been determined to have a place that emphasizes higher black arts because, quite frankly, in Atlanta there are dozens of places that emphasize art that appeals to our basic instincts. Music In The Park is a much-needed force in a neighborhood where the negative is the most publicized aspect.” -GRAMMY-nominated Jazz Trumpeter Russell Gunn.

MITP 2017 boasts seven stages of diverse talent from across the world. The event is held free of charge for the community, and with the participation of Atlanta Streets Alive, welcomes tens of thousands of cyclists and pedestrians from across Atlanta to enjoy the cultural vibrancy of West End: “The Best End.” MITP 2017 will host artists from Los Angeles, New York, and all parts in between, playing high caliber Jazz, Rock, RnB, Gospel, Flamenco, and more:

  • Highly acclaimed national acts as well as Atlanta legends will perform including: Butcher Brown, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Russell Gunn, and Dionne Farris
  • Ensembles from many area schools will perform, and the day will conclude with the MITP Youth Orchestra led by acclaimed maestro Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
  • MITP 2017 welcomes its first international student, Nathan Blyden, who has received a scholarship from MITP to travel from the British Virgin Islands to study and perform at this year’s event.

About MITP: Music In The Park Atlanta was founded in 2010 by GRAMMY-winning Saxophonist Kebbi Williams to provide live music and diverse cultural experiences for residents in his community who had limited access to arts and cultural programming. Its Mission is to enlighten young performers and inspire vibrancy in communities through music and performing arts. The organization has proudly served 5100 students, engaged over 300 professional musicians and presented to 50,000+ people over the past 7 years. Please visit http://musicintheparkatl.org/ for more information.

http://musicintheparkatl.org/

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News: Wejene Aola featuring Kamasi Washington Makes Top 10 – Vinyl Factory (thevinylfactory.com)

Dexter Story’s “Wejene Aola” 7″ release makes Vinyl Factory’s top 10 list for 2016.

4. Dexter Story ft. Kamasi Washington

Wejene Aola

(Soundway)

Listen / Buy

An Ethio-funk bomb from Dexter Story, whose cover Tilahun Gessesse’s 1970 ‘Wejene Aola‘ is a homage to the oppressed Oromo people of southern Ethiopia and a testament to just how contemporary the country’s verdant ‘70s music scene still sounds. Taken from the brilliant Wondem album, Story is joined by spiritual jazz messenger Kamasi Washington, who blows a riot all over the new arrangement, his rasping, honking sax proving he can funk with the best of them. The b-side features the only track not to make the vinyl pressing of the LP, the dream-like ‘Eastern Prayer’, a spiritual antidote to the hedonism of ‘Wejene Aola’ carried by the meditational chants of vocalist Nia Andrews. A unique 7” from a label whose consistent reissue output is now being matched by some stellar new music.

http://thevinylfactory.com/features/the-20-best-7s-of-2016/