About

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Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethio-Jazz ensemble, led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Todd Simon.  The ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960’s and 70’s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles.  Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-Jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures across Africa, Central/Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ethio Cali features:

Todd Simon – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Music Director
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Flute
Kibrom Birhane – Keys and Vocals
Alan Lightner – Steel Pan
Damon Aaron – Guitar
Pat Bailey – Bass
Kahlil CummingsSteve Haney – Percussion
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney – Drums
Tylana Renga – Violin

Extended Family:

Kamasi Washington – Tenor Saxophone
Justo Almario– Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet