Mulatu Astatke To Perform with 15-Piece Orchestra in L.A.

January 31, 2009

Influential Ethiopian composer and musician Mulatu Astatke will be backed by a 15-piece orchestra during a special performance on Sunday, February 1 at the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles. Known for combining Ethiopian music with Latin and jazz, Astatke will kick off the first of four events in VTech’s “Timeless” concert series, which aims to showcase artists whose styles have had a profound impact on hip-hop.

“It is my job to share the music of Ethiopia with the world, to bring ethio-jazz to places like Los Angeles,” said Astatke in a recent interview with FILTER. “I am excited to perform with these great musicians and DJs.”

Sunday night’s bill will also include DJ sets from L.A. mainstay Cut Chemist (formerly of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli), as well as Quantic and Egon.