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/

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July 24, 2016 – JACCC Presents Dwight Trible’s Alternate Angles + Carlos Niño & Friends – James Irvine Japanese Garden, Little Tokyo, DTLA, CA

Dexter Story plays drum set with Dwight Trible’s Alternate Angles and Carlos Niño & Friends at
the James Irvine Japanese Garden in Little Tokyo DTLA on Sunday, July 24, 2016. The first set features Carlos Niño on percussion and Josh  Johnson on alto saxophone. The second set features Dwight Trible, Maia, Christopher Garcia and special guest Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
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DWIGHT TRIBLE’S ALTERNATE ANGLES
Alternate Angles is a highly creative, fully improvisational, depth exploration. The band, founded in January 2015, by acclaimed Spiritual Jazz Singer Dwight Trible, is currently finishing their debut full-length record. Experience primal, intuitive, expansive, vibrational, healing offerings that are as much Soul Music as they are Avant-Garde. Alternate Angles is Dwight Trible, Maia, Christopher Garcia, & Carlos Niño.

CARLOS NIÑO & FRIENDS
Carlos Gabriel Niño is an internationally celebrated producer, arranger, composer, musician, radio host, DJ, music consultant, writer, poet, and event organizer, based in his hometown of Woodland Hills, California. He has been an important force in the contemporary independent music scene since 1995. A prolific artist, Niño has been involved in the production of more than 100 records and has toured with various bands and as a DJ throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. Currently he leads his group Carlos Niño & Friends who are celebrating the release of Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening! on Leaving Records.

+ Dublab DJ GIFTED & BLESSED (GB) between sets.

SUNDAY, 07/24/16 | 5-9pm | 21+ | Purchase tickets/more info: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/1…

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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…

For info on the other concerts in the series, visit http://www.jaccc.org/littletokyoconce…

June 18, 2016 – Grand Performances Presents Soy Africano – Grand Performances, Downtown LA, CA

Dexter Story music directs and co-curates Soy Africano, a special Grand Performances concert on Saturday, June 18th celebrating the Latin influence on music of West Africa. In association with Grand Performances, Radio Afrique DJs/presenters/curators Sonny Abegaze and Rani de Leon partner with Story to bring a 15-piece orchestra to the California Plaza stage with visuals and stellar vocalists.
GrandPerformances_1_photobyShawnAhmed.jpgTransportive, complex rhythms and lilting guitars —all West African trademarks —meld with familiar Latin sounds to bring you a spirited evening exploring new territory in diasporic connections. Soy Africano highlights the overlooked history and widespread influence of latin music in West Africa by showcasing the ways in which clave­-based Cuban music and New York Salsa were embraced by Africans, and led to thriving “latin afro” scenes in countries like Senegal, Benin, Guinea and the Congo.

Featured vocalists include Afrisa International’s Wawali, Son Mayor’s Alfredo Ortiz, Chicano Batman’s Bardo Martinez, Brazilian songstress Thalma de Freitas and the legendary Lazaro Gallaraga among other surprise guests.

Produced for Grand Performances by Radio Afrique and Dexter Story (Music Director/Conductor)

Soy Africano
Saturday, June 18, 2016
8pm
Free
Grand Performances
300 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

Evolucn L.A.tino series explores Latino and Chicano culture, power, influence and experiences from a local and global perspective through music, theater, film, culinary arts, and expert panel/lectures. This series is supported in part by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

April 23, 2016 – Radio Afrique Presents Imarhan with DJs Rani D, Son Zoo & Dexter Story – The Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA

Dexter Story DJs and co-presents the Algerian group IMARHAN with the Radio Afrique collective at The Del Monte Speakeasy on Saturday, April 23. Imarhan, meaning ‘the ones I care about,’ started out around 2008, a loose collection of friends who began to play togetherTheir reflects their cultural and generational background; dry guitar riffs, pop melodies and pan-African rhythms which draw on traditional Tuareg music, African ballads and the modern pop and rock the band heard growing up. Radio Afrique are Los Angeles-based arts presenters Rani de Leon and Sonny Abegaze.
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Radio Afrique Presents IMARHAN
with DJs Rani D, Son Zoo and Dexter Story
$10.00 Presale Tickets
8:00pm, 21+
The Del Monte Speakeasy

52 Windward Avenue

Venice, California 90291

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8:00pm Doors / Radio Afrique DJs

9:00pm IMARHAN

10:00pm Radio Afrique DJs

10:30pm DJ Jedi

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Additional Promotion by Temple Bar Concepts and Moon Block Party

Presale Ticket Link Coming Soon

https://imarhan.bandcamp.com

Girma Yifrashewa – “The Shepherd with the Flute” Video Launch on Vimeo

Dexter Story with partners Radio Afrique and Azla Vegan launch video of Girma Yifrashewa performing “The  Shepherd with the Flute” live in South Pasadena, CA on March 25.

GIRMA YIFRASHEWA – “The Shepherd with the Flute”

Recorded March 25, 2015, live at The Carriage House in South Pasadena, CA.

Presented by Radio Afrique, Azla Vegan & Dexter Story.

Video by Mike Park & Maya Santos.

“This short piece is composed in such a way as to reflect the serene, simple rural life in Ethiopia. It also reflects my personal wishes for love, hope and understanding in our world. The theme is taken from a very popular and beloved composition “The Shepherd Flutist,” by the late Professor Ashenafi Kebede (1938-1998). The piano piece is dedicated to Prof. Ashenafi Kebede who has made an immense contribution to the growth of Ethiopian music.” – Girma Yifrashewa

Bio
Born in Addis Ababa in 1967, Girma Yifrashewa’s life in music began with the Kirar, a harp-like traditional Ethiopian string instrument, at a tender age. He was introduced to piano at the age of 16 when he joined the Yared School of Music in Addis Ababa, and continued his studies at the Sofia State Conservatory of Music in Bulgaria with the support of the Ethiopian government. Despite losing his scholarship after only three years due to the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, Yifrashewa emigrated to Italy where, while under the care of Caritas, his talent and desire to return to his studies in Bulgaria was discovered by the Christian Brothers. Through their support he was able to return to the Sofia Conservatory in 1991, where he graduated with a Masters in Piano under Professor Atanas Kurtev.

Yifrashewa returned to Ethiopia in 1995, teaching piano at the Yared School of Music until 2001. He received scholarships for short-term specialization courses from the British and German Governments, at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1997) and at the Hochschule fur Music Und Theater in Leipzig (1999). Currently Yifrashewa works to promote Ethiopian and Classical Music throughout the continent and beyond.

girmayifrashewa.com | rafrique.com | azlavegan.com | dexterstory.com

mike-park.com | mayasantos.com

 

February 26, 2016 – Nueve Vinyl Record Potluck featuring Dexter Story & Friends – The Virgil, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story and a few friends take over Rocio Wyldeflower’s Nueve Record Potluck at The Virgil after his Wondem performance at Union Station. Nueve is a monthly vinyl record potluck celebrating music lovers & their record collections: in revolutions of nine. The festivities begin at 7pm and end at 1am and this event will mark Nueve’s 3rd year.
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Nueve Record Potluck
The Virgil
4519 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
No Cover
7p – 1a
http://www.thevirgil.com

February 21, 2016 – Dublab Presents Vibing: Time – Ace Hotel, Downtown LA, CA

Dexter Story spins a few records with DJ friends Carlos Niño, Rani de Leon, West Novena and Vinyl Don upstairs at the Ace Hotel on Sunday, February 21.
Ace-Hotel-Downtown-Los-Angeles-RooftopHoused in the 1927 United Artists building, this hip hotel is a 12-minute walk to The Grammy Museum and 0.7 miles from Pershing Square Station.

Trendy, minimalist rooms have minibars, flat-screen TVs, radios and free WiFi, while some add acoustic guitars. Suites add kitchenettes, additional living spaces and private terraces.

Dining options include a juice bar, a coffee bar and a brasserie. There’s also a 24/7 gym, plus a rooftop pool with a bar. Event spaces include a restored 1920s Spanish Gothic-style theater.

Dublab Presents Vibing: Time
Sunday, February 21, 2016
1-6pm
Free
Ace Hotel
929 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Downtown LA

https://www.acehotel.com/losangeles
http://dublab.com

October 28, 2015 – PolicyLink Presents Sounds of LA: A Celebratory Reception – California Ballroom, Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story music-directs and conducts a reprise of Grand Performances’ Wattstax Revisited at Policy Link’s Equity Summit 2015 on Wednesday, October 28. Grand Performances was the original presenter and also curated this second presentation at the Westin Bonaventure. Wattstax Revisited is a tribute to the soul, artistry and social relevance of the 1972 Memorial Coliseum concert featuring Stax artists and its 1973 companion documentary directed by Mel Stuart. The original Wattstax concert was an extension of the Watts Summer Festival and commemorated the 1965 Watts Revolt. Consequently, this Summer’s event and its reprise take place on the 50th anniversary of the revolt.IMG_0746-960
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The Wattstax Revisited band featured:

Chris Pierce – Vocals
Dustin Warren – Vocals
Jimetta Rose – Vocals
John Bigham – Vocals
N’Dambi – Vocals
Nia Andrews – Vocals

Allakoi Peete – Percussion
Brandon Eugene Owens – Bass
Brandyn Phillips – Trumpet
Geoff “Double G” Gallegos – Baritone Saxophone
Iajhi Hampden – Drums
John Bigham – Guitar
Kenneth Crouch – Keyboards
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone

Steve Nalepa – Visuals

Wattstax Revisited (Reprise)
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
8pm
Westin Bonaventure Hotel
Downtown Los Angeles
as part of
PolicyLink’s Sounds of LA
@ Equity Summit 2015

Produced by http://www.BigBowlofIdeas.com

http://www.policylink.com

July 19, 2015 – JACCC Presents Twilight In The Garden Little Tokyo Concert Series Featuring Ethio Cali Live – James Irvine Japanese Garden, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing with Ethio Cali at Japanese American Culture & Community Center Presents Twilight In The Garden Little Tokyo Concert Series on July 19. Other guests artists include Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Quartetto Fantastico on July 5, Buyepongo on July 12 and Shafiq Husayn & Dove Society on July 26.Twilight in the Garden JACCCJapanese American Culture & Community Center Presents
Twilight In The Garden
Little Tokyo Concert Series
Featuring Ethio Cali
July 19, 2015
5-9pm
$10
James Irvine Japanese Garden
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

http://www.jaccc.org/littletokyoconcertseries

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Japanese-American-Cultural-Community-Center-JACCC/108520352549?fref=photo

May 12, 2015 – Radio Afrique Monthly – Hyperion Tavern, Los Angeles, CA

DJ set with Jesse Peterson at Rani de Leon and Sonny Abegaze’s monthly gathering at Hyperion Tavern in Silverlake on Tuesday, May 12.

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Radio Afrique is a sublime monthly gathering celebrating the diversity and richness of music found in the various regions of Africa. desert blues, angola soul, ethio jazz, and nigerian disco are some of the genres we amplify on this special night.

dial in.
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TUESDAY, May 12

Guest DJs: DEXTER STORY & JESSE PETERSON

DJ’s: RANI D & SON ZOO

FREE / 10pm-2am

Hyperion Tavern
1941 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

www.rafrique.com
https://dexterstory.wordpress.com/

Commentary: This event happened and I note that it was extraordinary. I am honored to be a part of a community of music connoisseurs and musicologists. Keep abreast of Radio Afrique’s events at http://www.rafrique.com.

MISCELLANEOUS ARTWORK: Pianist Girma Yifrashewa by Dexter Story

I created these in tribute to Ethiopian pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa who is performing on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at The Carriage House in South Pasadena. I used my hand and Photoshop. Click here for more information about the event.

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