Red Bull Music Academy presents Ethiopian Jazz legend Mulatu Astatke

Red Bull Mulatu Astatke

Ethio-jazz originator Mulatu Astatke sets out for a RBMA Session and concert in Istanbul

Red Bull Music Academy presents a very special evening with Ethio-jazz figurehead Mulatu Astatke, who will be giving an in-depth insight into his experiences and projects, as well as performing live that same night. Additional local support will come from Academy alumni Kaan Düzarat andAhu, as well as İnsanlar, and Büyük Ev Ablukada ‘Fırtınayt’.

Mulatu Astatke was born in Ethiopia in 1943. He is an innovative multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and the originator of a form of music he calls Ethio-jazz.

Mulatu studied at Trinity College of Music in England and Berklee College of Music in Boston where he was Berklee’s first African graduate. As a vibraphone, conga and percussion player, Astatke has performed at countless concerts in Ethiopia and abroad, including appearances at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Lincoln Center in New York, or the Barbican Center in London. In the early 2000s Mulatu received wider recognition as his music was used prominently in the soundtrack of Jim Jarmusch’s movie Broken Flowers which led to further releases on labels like Strut.
18:00 Mulatu Astatke lecture; hosted by Todd Burns
18:45 Ahu
20:00 Büyük Ev Ablukada ‘Fırtınayt’
21:30 Mulatu Astatke
23:00 İnsanlar

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Source: Red Bull Music Academy