My friends at Mochilla and ArtDontSleep, know how to host a tremendous party; their events are beyond compare - worth checking out! I encourage everyone to try to attend at least one of their upcoming events:
Feb 1 - April 15
T I M E L E S S
THE COMPOSER/ARRANGER SERIES:I OF IV
“Timeless” is an homage to the arranger/composers that have influenced hip-hop in the most literal and profound ways. Hear what happens when these two worlds come together.
Live Performance by
MULATU ASTATKE[myspace. com/mulatuastatke]
with a 15 piece orchestra
Bennie Maupin (Bass Clarinet, Flute, Soprano Sax)
Azar Lawrence (Tenor Sax)
Karriem Riggins (Trap Drums)
Phil Ranelin (Trombone)
Trevor Ware (Electric and Upright Bass)
Munyungo Jackson (Hand Drums and Percussion)
Joel Yennior (Trombone)
Todd Simon (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Viola)
Dan Ubick (Electric and Acoustic Guitar)
Brandon Coleman (Electric and Acoustic Piano, Organ)
Alan Lightner (Percussion)
Opening DJ sets by
CUT CHEMIST (myspace. com/cutchemist)
QUANTIC (myspace. com/quanticmusic)
EGON (www. stonesthrow. com/egon)
Sunday, February 1, 2009
7-11pm / All Ages / $22.50
Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Cal State University Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive. Los Angeles. 90032
*for more info please visit:
www.luckmanarts.org | www. vtechphones. com/timeless
*Tickets Available via TICKETMASTER.COM and The Luckman Box Office
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Mulatu Astatke is one of the most influential and important musicians from Ethiopia. During the 1960’s, he studied music abroad in London, Boston (Berklee School of Music) and New York. He then returned home to Ethiopia with a love of jazz and Latin music. Mulatu then remade the music he had learnt abroad through a distinctly Ethiopian frame - he called his music “Ethio-jazz”.
Mulatu is first and foremost a composer and arranger but also a multi-instrumentalist, playing the vibraphone, keyboards and organs. He is credited as having introduced congas and bongos into popular Ethiopian music. Ethiopian music didn’t have congas, they had to travel from West Africa to Cuba and then New York into the hands of a young Mulatu to make the journey back to East Africa. However, as Ethiopian songs traditionally focused on vocals his greatest contribution to the music of his country was introducing a new focus on instrumentation. His music veres from the sublime Tezetas to the most foot stomping funk. Since the early nineties Mulatu Astatke has been the center of renewed attention in the West. The award winning and invaluable Ethiopiques series by Francis Falsetto has shed a new light into a vital and amazing music scene that existed in Addis Abbaba before the disastrous Left-Wing dictatorship of the seventies and eighties. The composer/arranger of that era was Mulatu. He is a central figure in African Music in the way that Fela Kuti is. The influence of Mulatu’s music, his tone and sensibility can be heard in much of todays music. Cut Chemist, Quantic, Madlib, Kanaan all have felt the influence of Ethiopia on there music.
More recently his music became a central character in director Jim Jarmush’s 2005 independent smash Broken Flowers with actor Bill Murray.
Cut Chemist has been recording and performing for over twenty years. His roots lie deep in hip hop as a founding member of the rap group Jurassic 5. Cut was also a member of the latin jazz/ funk outfit, Ozomatli. Cut has developed a taste for music and rhythms from all over the world while keeping his tradition for the hip hop approach. Cut’s released his first solo LP with Warner Bros Records - the critically acclaimed The Audiences Listening in 2006.
2007 was a pivotal year for Cut - he landed an opening slot for Shakira’s Oral Fixation tour. When he returned home he joined long time friend and collaborator DJ Shadow to headline the Hollywood Bowl for “The Hard Sell,” an eight turntable show using an eclectic mix of music all on 7 inch vinyl. While in rehearsal for this show, L.A.’s prestigious Walt Disney Music Hall asked Cut to be a part of “Pravda,” a concept night of DJs combining Russian classical music from the Stalin era with contemporary beats. There is no place that Cut Chemist is afraid to go, musically. “I’ll never lose sight of my roots as a hip hop DJ. It keeps me constantly inventing. I believe all music can be considered hip hop when its presented in a way that’s fresh to peoples ears.
Quantic (Columbia) -Since William Holland AKA Quantic's first album release in 2001, much ground has been covered. Over the last 8 or so years 12 full length records have given him worldwide recognition. When he is not producing music that continues to push genre boundaries he travels as a DJ or with his band spreading his unique blend of Jazz, Latin & Caribbean rooted music. His track 'Mi Swing es Tropical' with Nickodemus further brought him to a global audience when it featured in Apple's tropical Ipod Advert throughout 2007. Shortly after which Holland moved to Colombia, setting up his South American studio 'Sonido del Valle' to work alongside a whole host of new musicians in Cali. 2009 will see the first release from his new band 'Combo Bárbaro' on Tru Thoughts Records. The record comprises of work with Peruvian Pianist 'Alfredo Linares' & Brazilian Arranger 'Arthur Verocai'.
Egon - Eothen Alapatt, aka Egon, is Stones Throw’s general manager. At Stones Throw, he has produced anthologies such as The Funky 16 Corners and The Stark Reality’s Now. He has coordinated and/or A&Red for projects as varied as Madlib and DOOM’s Madvillain, Chrome Children, Tortoise’s Bumps and a bunch of others. He founded his own label, Now-Again in 2002 to focus on reissues of regional American funk and soul. Funk bands such as the L.A. Carnival, Ebony Rhythm Band, Kashmere Stage Band and Amnesty have seen their music released on Now-Again. Now-Again also represents catalogs that range from the superb Brasilian psychedelia to the funk and soul that Now-Again is known for. Besides all this he is still an in-demand dj world wide and writes a column for NPR online.
www. stonesthrow. com/egon
• • • Tickets Available via TICKETMASTER.COM and The Luckman Box Office