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.
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.
Playing aux keys, guitar and arranging with Ethio Cali live at Blue Whale playing the nostalgic Tezeta music of Ethiopia on Sunday, November 2.
On Sunday, November 2nd, Ethio Cali will play two sets of music inspired by the concept of Tezeta.
Tezeta, an Amharic word from Ethiopia, loosely translates to nostalgia or longing. Tezeta is also one of the popular musical scales found in Ethiopia. Typically, Tezeta is associated with the memory of love lost, or the longing one feels when living far from home or their place of birth. It triggers emotions similar to that of saudade in Portuguese music, duende in flamenco, or the blues in America.
We hope you’ll join us for this special night of Tezeta at the blue whale.
TODD SIMON – (trumpet, music director, arranging)
KAMASI WASHINGTON – (saxophone)
RANDAL FISHER – (saxophone)
PATRICK BAILEY (bass)
DAMON AARON – (guitar)
ALAN LIGHTNER – (steel pan / percussion)
STEVE HANEY – (percussion)
DEXTER STORY – (keys, guitar, arranging)
TE’AMIR YOHANNES SWEENEY – (drums, percussion)
VARDAN OVSEPIAN – (piano)
ARTYOM MANUKYAN – (cello)
YARED TESHALE – (vocals)
+ Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony by AZLA VEGAN
Sunday, November 2, 2014
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012