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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/
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https://www.facebook.com/miguelatwoodferguson

Celebrating 20years of Spaceways Radio with Carlos Niño!

One of my earliest memories of Carlos Niño has to do specifically with Spaceways radio. It was about 7 years ago. I was working on an event with ArtDontSleep, running around from backstage, to stage, to ticket booth and back… regular event stuff. I held on to a question a close friend of mine had for him all night about a song he played on his show at least 5years prior.  I believe Carlos hosted this event or was DJing it or maybe perhaps he connected us with a particular musician, I don’t recall the specifics but the point is, he stuck around til the end of the night allowing me to ask him about this particular song. I doubted anyone would remember with the small amount of details my friend left me with but sure enough by the time we wrapped up the night and I drove home the song I asked about was in my inbox. I was shocked and incredibly thankful. I’m blessed to say that moments like these are not rare with Carlos Niño. Always connecting folks, building, guiding, continuously offering a wealth of information and inspiration.

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2015 marks 20years of Spaceways Radio, we’re celebrating with Carlos and joining him Sundays 10pm-Midnight PST on KPFK as he counts down to the final 9 shows with special guests aligned every week.

TUNE IN! 9 MORE SPACEWAYS! SUNDAYS 10PM-MIDNIGHT PST

LISTEN LIVE : http://www.kpfk.org
KPFK 90.7 FM – Los Angeles

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“My final Radio broadcast will be Sunday, March 22, 2015.
This will mark 20 Years of Volunteer Programming at KPFK 90.7FM
Los Angeles, for me. It’s been an incredible experience! Lots of experiences.
I’m truly grateful for the extended opportunity to grow and share on the air!
So much wonderful music! Wow!” -Carlos Niño, KPFK  Volunter Programmer 1995 – 2015

Sunday, January 25th
A Tribute to JOHN MICHAEL DANIEL

Sunday, February 1st
Special Guests DJ FROSTY, ANDRES RENTERIA
and NANNY CANTALOUPE of Dublab.

Sunday, February 8th
Special Guest KAMAU DAAOOD (Poetic Inspiration / Final Vinyl!)

Sunday, February 15th
Special Guests JON LIU, DJ SACRED and SARAH FEINSTEIN
(Profound, Original Contributors to The Show!)

Sunday, February 22nd
Special Guest IASOS (My Dear Big Bliss Brother!)

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March Calendar is about 99% confirmed.

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It’s a true honor to pass my Sundays 10:00pm – Midnight Pacific time slot on to one of the greatest DJs of all time: J.ROCC! Please tune in to KPFK on Sunday, March 29th for the premier of his new program.

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Carlos’ RADIO History:

“I started my first radio show, All At One Point*, on KPFK 90.7FM, Los Angeles in October 1995, after volunteering at the station as a student reporter and producer from Summer 1994*. All At One Point was focused on “Hip-Hop, Soul, Jazz, and World Rhythms.” While hosting the show on Wednesdays from 8:00pm – 10:00pm Pacific, I showcased some of my favorite contemporary artists and featured live in studio performances and interviews with a wide variety of legends, up and coming musicians, bands, and DJs.

DJ Organic, Hymnl and Jon Liu all co-hosted the show with me at different
times from 1995 – 1999. In October of 1999, after a 6 month hiatus, (following
the birth of my son Azul,) I returned to KPFK with a new sound and vision:
Spaceways Radio. On this program I explore(d) Psychedelic, Electronic,
Folk, New Age, and World Musics, and create(d) specials dedicated to
individual artists and bands, phases of the Zodiac, and years past.

Spaceways Radio air times:
Sundays 10:00pm – Midnight 1999 – 2003
Fridays 8:00pm – 10:00pm 2004 – 2010
Sundays 10:00pm – Midnight 2010 – 2015

I was the interim Host and DJ of other music programs on KPFK at the same
time that All At One Point and Spaceways aired. I’m a founding DJ of the internet radio station Dublab where many of my Spaceways Radio Archives are available. I was a monthly contributor to David Lynch Radio, and Scion Radio, and have made several special mixes for various BBC shows and channels, Red Bull Music Academy Radio, and other stations in Europe and Japan.

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All At One Point* Named after Italo Calvino’s short story from Cosmicomics.

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Summer 1994* Being a huge fan of KLON’s Jazz Programming, KXLU’s
Mike Nardone, Rob One’s Fly ID Show on KCSN, and KCRW’s Michael
Mixin Moore I was deeply inspired to get into radio. I listened to all the radio
I could, and was an avid record and cassette buyer. My first attempt to get into
radio was when I turned 16 in 1993, got my driver’s license and drove my Mom’s car to answer phones at KCRW. I did some introductory production assistance there too. Playlist entry, ticket give-away phone operator . . . I picked up food for the fund drive, etc.. While at the station I came across one of the coolest things ever – a folded card-stock printed guide to every public radio station in the United States, with dial numbers, call letters and cities. Being that I lived in Canoga Park, when I saw KPFK in North Hollywood on the list, I decided to check it out. I was always focused on being a Music Programmer, but got to do a few other little odd jobs in radio first . . .

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Note: This was 100% my decision. KPFK has supported me hugely over the years! They haven’t interfered with my program at all – I’ve been free to play what I was inspired to, to interview and host whoever I wanted, and be myself! I was met with appreciation, enthusiasm and encouragement about my plans for leaving, and choosing the great DJ that will be taking over the time slot I’ve had. Please continue to support KPFK! Thank you!”

-Carlos Nino

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LISTEN LIVE : http://www.kpfk.org
KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles 98.7 FM Santa Barbara
93.7 FM N. San Diego – 99.5 FM Ridgecrest/China Lake

nueve. final fridays. monthly.

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nuevea monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their record collections in revolutions of nine.

each month at “nueve” (nine) brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

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7pm-11pm(ish)
no cover | drink/sound specials
| rotating 9 record sets*
curated by: wyldeflower

final [vinyl] fridays*
@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029
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riday, 7.25.14*
hosted by: aLOVEsupreme

*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final friday!

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*

inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck | co-curated by Novena Carmel.

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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final vinyl fridays: nueve 5.30.14 with Jimetta Rose Smith

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If only I was in Chitown – 100 Saxophones for Sun Ra

 In honor of the infinitely great Sun Ra – we celebrate his 100th on this plane –

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– Act like You Know – NPR –

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MdCL’s CHURCH : Live Launch LA

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the countdown is on! just over two weeks until my new album CHURCH will be released worldwide on CD+digital, with double vinyl coming a month later. it’s been a super fun process getting the album together, and now i can’t wait to unveil it to ears far and wide :) 

to celebrate the new album, i’m doing TWO nights of live launch shows at our favorite LA spot, THE BLUE WHALEMAY 24 + 25, memorial day weekend. there’s a great cast of guests joining me, and as well as pre-sale discount tickets, you can pre-order the CD now and pick it up and get it signed at the show – before it even gets released.

invite your friends and be ready for two great nights of music – see you there!

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MARK de CLIVE-LOWE’s CHURCH

LIVE ALBUM LAUNCH

SATURDAY 24 + SUNDAY 25 MAY @ THE BLUE WHALE

123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301, Los Angeles, CA 90012

doors 8pm / first set 9pm (seated) / second set 11pm (standing)

guest DJs J Rocc, Jeremy Sole + Ghost

$15 discount presales / $20 at the door / $12 pre-order CDs

DISCOUNT PRESALE TICKETS LINK

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

featuring MARK de CLIVE-LOWE with guests:

MIGUEL ATWOOD-FERGUSON (Suite for Ma Dukes) | JOSIEL PEREZ HERNANDEZ (Orlando ‘Maraca’ Valle) | JOSH JOHNSON (Thelonious Monk Institute) | BEN SHEPHERD (Kendrick Lamar/ScHoolboy Q) | JAMIRE WILLIAMS (ERIMAJ/Robert Glasper) + NIA ANDREWS (Janelle Monae/Common) | LOW LEAF (Fresh Selects) * Saturday only | DJ JEREMY SOLE (KCRW/TheLIFT) *Saturday only | DJ J ROCC (Stones Throw) * Sunday only | DJ GHOST (Paris, France)

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celebrating the launch of Mark’s new album CHURCHout worldwide on CD+digital May 27  (Mashibeats/Ropeadope Records)

digital pre-sales from May 13 via iTunes

2LP vinyl out in July