Early Show! Elder Ones | Ethiopian Octopus | Ted Zook
Venue:Early Show! Elder Ones | Ethiopian Octopus | Ted Zook
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Elder Ones is a New York City-based quartet performing the compositions of vocalist Amirtha Kidambi. Her collaborators – Matt Nelson (sax), Brandon Lopez (bass), and Max Jaffe (drums) – draw from a variety of vocabularies, from hip hop to free improv, each bringing their own highly individual sound to the group. The quartet uses composed material and loose structures as a template for improvisation.
Ethiopian Octopus is the solo keyboard project of Araya Woldemichael. Araya is a founder of the DC-based Ethio-jazz group Feedel Band. His formal training in music began in Ethiopia and was completed in Moscow, Russia. After arriving to the U.S., he quickly started playing with local musicians in restaurants and clubs. During this period he had an opportunity to perform with legendary Ethiopian musicians Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete, Tilahun Gessesse, and Aster Aweke.
Ted Zook is primarily a nylon-string guitarist, but he also plays basscello through digital signal processors and a variety of digitally-processed, non-traditional analog instruments such as bowls, rainsticks, slidewhistle, whistle-flutes, oceanharp, and more. He began his study of the guitar in Chile and Uruguay (the latter under the guidance of Luis Acosta), and continued upon his return to the U.S. in the early 1960s under Sophocles Papas.