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Mulatu Astatke @ The Luckman Fine Arts Complex 2-01-09

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On Sunday night Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke performed two engaging sets at the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles. Mulatu Astatke, along with opening DJ sets from Egon, Quantic and Cut Chemist, is the first performer of the Timeless composer and arranger series at the Luckman. The four-part Timeless series is co-presented by VTech and Mochilla with dates into April this year.

Known as the creator of Ethio-jazz, Mulatu is considered one of the most influential and important musicians from Ethiopia. After being the first African student at the Berklee School of Music in the 1960s and studying abroad, Mulatu returned to Ethiopia and helped shape a new sound that melded jazz, classical, African and Latin music into varied, distinctive and instantly compelling sonic landscapes. For over 40 years, Mulatu’s compositions and arrangements have influenced countless generations.