Category Archives: Dilla

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble DVD Filming APRIL 24 + 25 at The Blue Whale


Come hear the debut of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s new legendary ensemble!!

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These shows will feature new original music by Miguel as well as exploring new takes on the music of Madlib and J Dilla among others.

$20 presale for both sets / $25 at the door / 21+

TICKETS:

NIGHT ONE (APRIL 24):

https://eventbrite.com/event/16512471246/

NIGHT TWO (APRIL 25):

https://eventbrite.com/event/16512470243/

in addition to the presale tickets, there will be approximately thirty $25 tickets available the night of at the venue

http://bluewhalemusic.com/

8pm: Doors
9pm: Set One
10:30pm: Set Two

DJ Sets: Carlos Niño

The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble:

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, band leader/arranger/composer/5 string violin
Dwight Trible, Voice
Josh Johnson, Alto Sax
Kamasi Washington, Tenor Sax
Marcel Camargo, Guitar (night #1 only)
Jeff Parker, Guitar (night #2 only)
Nick Mancini, Vibes
Dennis Hamm, Piano
Sam Barsh, Keyboards
Gabe Noel, Bass
Jonathan Pinson, Drums (night #1 only)
Jamire Williams, Drums (night #2 only)
Carlos Niño, Percussion, DJ Sets
Travis Flournoy, Visuals
Alex Chaloff, Documentation

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Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is a very unique and special force in today’s world of music. Having recorded on close to 400 albums already by the age of 34, he effortlessly bridges diverse genres and generations of musical and cultural elements into cohesive and magical presentations.

One of Miguel’s greatest achievements to date was in 2009 when he composed and conducted the historic ‘Suite for Ma Dukes’ concert in LA leading over 60 musicians in tribute to the transcendent modern Hip-Hop producer J Dilla.

Having diligently studied classically since the age of four and being exposed to cultures and art from all around the world, Miguel is now able to enjoy a very diverse career collaborating with many amazing artists. Miguel has had the great fortune to perform or record with giants such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wayne Shorter, Billy Higgins, Ray Brown, Brad Mehldau, Flying Lotus, Hubert Laws, Seu Jorge, Dr. Dre, Will.i.am, Madlib, and many others.

While performing on violin and viola and arranging highly
personal arrangements are Miguel’s main pursuits, he also is an educator, dj, producer, music director and composer. Miguel leads many of his own ensembles and has had incredible artists like Seu Jorge, Sly Stone, George Clinton, Shuggie Otis, Flying Lotus, Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner, Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave, Zap Mama, Jose James, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Aloe Blacc, Pharoahe Monch, Quadron, Karriem Riggins, Talib Kweli and Posdnuos as his special guests.

In 2011, Miguel had the honor of providing Oprah Winfrey with a one man orchestra of himself as the music behind the main promo of her new TV Network ‘OWN’ courtesy of Miguel’s intro to his duet with Will.i.am off of the Black Eyed Peas 2010 album ‘The Beginning’. Miguel has plans to release his very first album in 2016 on the Los Angeles indie label ‘Brainfeeder.’

http://miguelatwoodferguson.com/
https://twitter.com/MiguelAtwdFrgsn
https://www.facebook.com/miguelatwoodferguson

Minnie Riperton Tribute | July 12th | Grand Performances

ADVENTURES FROM PARADISE
A Tribute to Minnie Riperton
July 12th | Grand Performances | 8PM


On Saturday, July 12th, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, The Decoders will be joined by a 20-piece ensemble that will include very special guest vocalists to celebrate the life and music of female soul icon Minnie Riperton. The event is entitled Adventures From Paradise and will feature a live remixing and reinterpretation of her music, which has never been done before.

This unprecedented concert will be honoring contributors to her music such as Richard Rudolph (her husband and co-writer) Leon Ware, Charles Stepney and the psychedelic soul sounds of his multi-racial 60’s super group The Rotary Connection (of which Minnie was also a part of), as well as highlighting her work with Stevie Wonder and other great producers/songwriters like Stewart Levine and many more.

July 12th marks the date of her transition into the infinite. Falling victim to breast cancer at the young age of 31, Minnie spent her last days on earth in Los Angeles; paying tribute to her musical greatness in the last place she called home is an honor which The Decoders do not take lightly. It will be a magical night under the stars at Grand Performances, a historic outdoor live music venue in downtown LA’s California Plaza. The event is free, all ages and open to the public.

The Ensemble:
Todd M. Simon – trumpet, flugelhorn, music director
Adam Berg – keyboards, music director
accompanied by:
Blake Colie – drums
Eugene Brandon Owens – bass
Patrick Bailey – guitar
Tracy Wannomae – tenor, alto sax
Claire Courchene – trombone, cello
Pete Jacobson – cello
Thomas Lea – viola
Paul Cartwright – violin
Tylana Renga – violin
Steve Haney – percussion
Shafiq Husayn – percussion
Sly 5th Ave – Woodwinds

The vocal cast:
Amber Coffman
Andree Belle
Angel Deradoorian
Arlene Deradoorian
Coco O
Gavin Turek
Jimetta Rose
Joey Dosik
Kadhja Bonet
Kimbra
Loren Oden
Mara Hruby
Moses Sumney
Nia Andrews
Niki Randa
Thalma De Freitas
& Very Special Surprise Guests!

w/ Members of the KJLH Radio Free Choir
led by: Natasha Feltus

Hosted by KCRW DJs
Aaron Byrd and Anthony Valadez
Curated/Produced by:
Rocio “wyldeflower” Contreras

Event captured by:
Eric Coleman (Mochilla) and Greg “the Dude” Ponstingl

GRAND PERFORMANCES is located at:
California Plaza: 350 S. Grand Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90071

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raise it up. raise it up. raise it up.

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RAISE IT UP!

TIMELESS SCREENS IN BRASIL!


VTech and Mochilla have collaborated on many groundbreaking musical events, but the pinnacle was in 2009 with the amazing Timeless Series that was brought to Los Angeles. It truly was the beginning. Where musical borders were no longer seen as obstacles, and where composer arrangers who were once overlooked were wholeheartedly embraced. From the series, celebrated Brasilian composer/arranger was one of three, and now, we find the Timeless series traveling to Arthur’s home country in fitting fashion.

J.Rocc, Coleman and B+ will be in Sao Paulo from February 9-11th screening at the Espaco Unibanco de Cinema and then on the 16-18th at the Unibanco Arteplex Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro. Each film will be screened individually and also J.Rocc will have a chance to do his special Timeless Serato Mega-Mix. There will be Q&As each night with special friends dropping by to contribute.

Share the info, share the music, share the experience. And as always, “Turn it Up!!”

Timeless : Trailer : Brasil

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Sao Paulo
February 9th, 10th, 11th


Rio De Janiero Feb 16th, 17th, 18th

*follow link to watch timeless brasil trailer: http://music.vtechphones.com/2011/01/this-february-timeless-screens-in-brasil

dilla jawns from dusk til dawn + beyond.

The Roots x J Dilla – Dilla Jawns Mixtape


I know, I know, I waited ages to post this up, but after the millionth time I played this I had to share one of my favorite tracks: upper egypt. so appropriate. so fresh.

these are also some of the other tracks that were included in this release*

1. Donuts (Outro)
2. Hot Shit (Im Back!)
3. World Full of Sadness
4. Upper Egypt
5. Stereolab
6. The Stars
7. Antiquity
8. She Said
9. Hall & Oates
10. Eve
11. Look Into Her Eyes
12. Make Em NV
13. Oh! O!
14. Wicked Ways

*it is no longer available for download on OkayPlayer but…

search+ find+ download this audible gift from the roots crew because it’s oh so beautiful & it was a FREE download! so I say dig deeper & enjoy! more info below:

http://www.okayplayer.com/news/The-Roots-Dilla-Jawns-Mixtape-.html

“J.Dilla: Still Shining”

Created in 2006, this remembrance piece is created as a tribute to the memory and legacy of James “J.Dilla” Yancey. This is a piece designed for his fans and supporters who knew of his accomplishments before February 2006 and those that have grown to appreciate his genius. Here, we gain a greater insight and understanding about our musical icon.

J.Dilla is Still Shining.

(2:55) – Work Ethic Starts In The Basement
(7:35) – What To Listen For in A Dilla Beat
(9:10) – J.Dilla’s Range As A Producer. The King of Reinvention
(12:16) – Going Beyond His Influences
(14:39) – The Dilla Approach To Production
(20:21) – Jay The Producer vs Jay The MC
(26:08) – The Personal Side of J.Dilla
(29:04) – A Soldier Unstoppable!
(32:05) – Venturing Out. (as explained by Phat Kat)
(33:59) – Heading Home… Job Well Done.
(34:48) – We Salute You.

 

THANK YOU to B.Kyle for sharing this with the world!