Thursday, January 29, 2009

VTech's Timeless concert series starts Sunday


Hip-Hop Themed Concert Opens with DJs Cut Chemist and Quantic

WHO: The influential composer/arranger and multi-instrumentalist Mulatu Astatke, known for blending traditional Ethiopian music with Latin Jazz to create the unique hybrid he coined ‘Ethio-Jazz’

Eclectic turntablist Cut Chemist, former member of L.A. music scene staples – hip-hop group Jurassic 5 and Latin funk band Ozomatli – opener for Shakira and collaborator with DJ Shadow

UK born and resident of Columbia DJ Quantic, whose 12 full-length records push genre boundaries by blending jazz, Latin and Caribbean music, and who produced the track for Apple’s ‘Tropical iPod’ commercial

WHAT: Artists will join together for the first show of a four-part, unique concert series. Mulatu, a central figure in African music, will be backed by a 15-piece orchestra in a performance of his all-time hits as well as a new, exclusively composed piece. Opening DJs Cut Chemist and Quantic will build their sets around his musical legacy, to help showcase Mulatu’s influence on today’s hip-hop.

WHERE: Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State Los Angeles
5151 University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032

WHEN: February 1, 2009
7 p.m. (doors) – 11 p.m.

ABOUT: The “Timeless” series, presented by VTech Communications with Mochilla and ArtDontSleep, is an homage to the arranger/composers who have influenced hip-hop in the most literal and profound ways. VTech, whose new streaming music and Internet radio device will be available this spring, sponsors a variety of music events nationwide.

Future shows in the four-part series will include:
· Sunday, February 22 – Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and a 40 piece orchestra performing a “Suite for Ma Dukes” a tribute to the music of J Dilla

· Sunday, March 15 – Arthur Verocai with Madlib and DJ Nuts

· Sunday, April 5 – David Axelrod with J.ROCC special guests TBA

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WyldeFlower said...

Mulatu arrived in LA today!

This Sunday is going to be beautiful!!! TIMELESS indeed!!!

WyldeFlower said...

Mulatu arrived in LA today!!

This Sunday the clocks will STOP! It's going to be a beautiful start to an amazing series!!!!

The Suite for Ma Dukes is going to be beautiful - imagine "Fall in Love" played by a 36 piece orchestra.

I can sit and talk for hours about Verocai and Axelrod but you know what love is....

peace + trees + flowers