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.

DS Conducting GP

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.


Dexter Story Presents Tezeta West

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

October 28, 2012 – Sisters At The Well Presents The We See You Awards (featuring the Trevor Ware Quartet) – Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

Playing drum set with the Trevor Ware Quartet at the annual We See You Awards on Sunday, October 28 at The Skirball Cultural Center featuring Peter Smith on piano, Jacques Lesure on drums and Trevor Ware on bass and music directing. Featured vocalists include Branice McKenzie ( and Elaine Gibbs.

The We See You Awards recognizes and celebrates the work of five outstanding women, whose collective work spans over 100 years of service to women and families across the country and abroad. Their work and efforts have helped to shape the world’s view of women of color. This award is our way of saying “thank you” for all that you do, some of which goes unnoticed or televised. We simply want you to know that, “We See You.”

Sunday, October 28, 2012
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049