November 2, 2014 – Ethio Cali Plays Tezeta – Blue Whale, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing aux keys, guitar and arranging with Ethio Cali live at Blue Whale playing the nostalgic Tezeta music of Ethiopia on Sunday, November 2.
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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.
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featuring:

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)

special guests:

VARDAN OVSEPIAN – (piano)
ARTYOM MANUKYAN – (cello)
YARED TESHALE – (vocals)

+ Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony by AZLA VEGAN
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

$15 cover

Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0908

May 3, 2014 – Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Birthday Concert – The Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, CA

Playing percussion with the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson 16-piece ensemble celebrating his birthday at The Blue Whale on Saturday, May 3. Confirmed musicians include Chris Lea (flute), Gavin Templeton (alto sax/clarinet), Mike Rocha (trumpet), Kamasi Washington (tenor sax), Garrett Smith (trombone), Sam Barsh (keys), Gabe Noel (bass), Jamire Williams (drums), Carlos Niño (percussion). Special Guests include The Gaslamp Killer (turntables), Moses Sumney (vocals), Dwight Trible (vocals), Tatiana Parra (vocals), Joey Dosik (vocals), Steve Ferguson (piano), Vardan Ovsepian (keys).

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Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Birthday Concert
Saturday, May 3, 2014
8pm
The Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0908

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July 28, 2013 – Ethio Cali featuring Dereb The Ambassador Live – The Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing drum set with Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali Ensemble featuring Sydney-based vocalist Dereb Desalegn (aka Dereb The Ambassador) live at The Blue Whale on Sunday, July 28. This show is an encore performance of Friday’s Grand Performances co-bill with University of Gnawa.

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On the heels of a highly successful concert at Downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Performances, Ethio Cali returns to their favorite venue for a spirited night of Ethio and world jazz featuring accomplished Sydney-based vocalist and musician Dereb The Ambassador.

Tonight’s band features a who’s who in Los Angeles musical talent augmented by Ethiopian lyrics and new traditional material.

Todd Simon – trumpet, music director
Dereb Deselegn – vocals, massenqo
Kamasi Washington – tenor saxophone
Randal Fisher – tenor saxophone
Vardan Ovsepian, Mark de Clive-Lowe – piano
Damon Aaron – guitar
Patrick Bailey – bass guitar
Steve Haney – percussion
Te’Amir Sweeney – percussion
Dexter Story – drums

Ethio Cali:
Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethio-Jazz ensemble, led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Todd Simon.  The ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960’s and 70’s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles.  Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-Jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Colombia.

Dereb The Ambassador:
Born in Ethiopia, Dereb grew up amongst a family of musicians, completely immersed in his home country’s rich melange of sounds, rhythms and musical styles. Dereb’s extraordinary vocal talent was recognised early on, with his first performances at the age of 4. With parent mentors by his side he went from strength to strength, adding a Masenqo, the single-stringed Ethiopian spike fiddle, to his repertoire by the age of 10. By his teens he was drawing crowds in the bars of Addis Ababa and around Ethiopia.In 2003 Dereb recorded his first solo album ‘Korkorow Yalew’ from which the hit single ‘Wollo’, reached number one on the Ethiopian charts. Dereb has since toured in America, England, Asia, New Zealand and Australia where he currently resides.

Ethio Cali featuring Dereb The Ambassador Live
Sunday, July 28, 2013
2 sets: 9pm and 11pm
$10
The Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0908
Commentary: I apologize. This show already happened and it was even more epic than Grand Performances. I have posted it because I like to keep blog inventory of the amazing opportunities I have to do music. In case you missed it and follow this blog, please know that we will be back at the Blue Whale very soon and I will make sure you are aware.

July 5, 2013 – Young Gifted and Nina: A Tribute to Nina Simone – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Music directing Young Gifted and Nina at Grand Performances on Friday, July 5, 2013.

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We are particularly honored in this 80th birthday year of The High Priestess of Soul, to celebrate one of the most extraordinary artists and icons of American music, the inimitable Nina Simone. A fiery, passionate, revolutionary and uncompromising artist and storyteller who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, and love throughout her magnificent body of work.

Young, Gifted, and Nina is a must-see tribute to one of the most distinguished and beloved artist of our time featuring a powerful and dynamic lineup of:

Dwight Trible
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Jimetta Rose
Joi Gilliam
Patrice Quinn
Sonja Marie
Waberi Jordan
Alan Lightner – percussion & steel pan
Carlos Niño – percussion
JP Maramba – acoustic & electric bass
Jacques Lesure – guitar
Jamire Williams – drums
Joey Dosik – wurlitzer, organ, alto saxophone
Steve Nalepa – visual narrative
Vardan Ovsepian – piano, synthesizer
Special Guest: Ron Bishop – piano
+ Jeremy Sole KCRW – special invocation DJ set
and surprise guests

Music directed by multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story and curated by producer Jonathan Rudnick.

*Complimentary bike valet will be available on the Upper Plaza

For more info: www.grandperformances.org

Keep in touch:
@grandperfs
#grandsummer
#NinaSimone