SECOND CONCERT IN VTECH’S “TIMELESS” SERIES PAYS TRIBUTE
TO GRAMMY-NOMINATED PRODUCER J DILLA ON FEB. 22
Carlos Niño and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Will Perform “Suite for Ma Dukes”
Live for the First Time; Opening DJ Sets by J.Rocc and House Shoes
WHO: Detroit native James Yancey, best known as J Dilla, is said to have produced the most revered sounds in hip-hop from the mid-1990s through today. Before his death in 2006, Dilla worked with major musicians, including A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, Common, Janet Jackson and more.
Virtual production powerhouse duo Carlos Niño and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson have worked together on a wide variety of projects for several years. They have produced albums for Build An Ark, Mia Doi Todd, Grace Woodroofe and Ariana Delawari (alongside David Lynch), and released the duet album, “Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Fill the Heart Shaped Cup.”
World champion turntablist and founder of Southern California’s internationally-acclaimed DJ crew, the Beat Junkies, J.Rocc delivers exciting and dynamic sets without “killing” the original recordings. He has produced albums with the Beat Junkies and Babu of Dilated Peoples and has shared the stage with hip-hop phenomenons Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Jurassic 5.
Internationally lauded as Detroit’s hip-hop ambassador to the world, DJ House Shoes has been deemed “Best Hip-Hop DJ” in Detroit four times at the Detroit Music Awards.
WHAT: Niño, Atwood-Ferguson, J.Rocc and House Shoes pay tribute to the late J Dilla at the second concert in VTech’s “Timeless” series. Headliners Niño and Atwood-Ferguson, backed by a 36-piece orchestra, will showcase J Dilla’s legacy through interpretations of his music in their contemporary chamber music style. DJs J.Rocc and House Shoes will open with sets built around J Dilla’s legacy.
WHERE: Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
WHEN: Sunday, February 22, 2009
7 p.m. (doors) – 11 p.m.
ABOUT: The “Timeless” series, presented by VTech Communications, in conjunction with Mochilla and ArtDontSleep, is a forward-thinking review and homage to the arrangers/composers who have influenced hip-hop in the most profound ways. VTech, whose new music- and Internet-streaming radio device will be available this spring, sponsors a variety of music events nationwide.
Upcoming shows in the series also include:
· Sunday, March 15 – Arthur Verocai with an all-star Brazilian band including Airto Moreira, Mamao and Carlos Dafe and opening sets by Madlib and DJ Nuts
· Sunday, April 5 – David Axelrod with special guests TBA