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Saturday, January 31

Waldemar Bastos at the Aratani Theater

Aratani Theater

244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, 90012


Angolan guitarist/vocalist Waldemar Bastos makes a rare LA appearance as part of the inaugural ARATANI World series of global music and dance. The series celebrates the songs, sounds and dance of seven ensembles both local and international, from Africa, India, Hawaii, Philippines, Japan, Bulgaria, Latin America, Central Java, Brazil, New York, and Los Angeles.Each singular artist carries forth yet transforms their rich cultural traditions. Waldemar Bastos will offer music of Angola, "He melds elegiac longing with the effervescence of African and Brazilian pop, transcending sorrow with sparkle and grace," says The New York Times. My music is defined by my own life experiences, praise for Angolan identity and a call for universal brotherhood ...it is gratifying to me to hear or read critics who say that my music is universal. It is not a regional music, but instead for people everywhere. This is my sincere goal, my contribution for harmony among people! For me this is the first and ultimate function of Art. Few artists of any nation have created such a passionate and human statement on political themes as Waldemar Bastos.Exploring musical styles from across the African continent, Bastos work is sensual as well as sensational. His heartfelt signature piece,Sofrimento, quickly became an anthem for the peoples struggle for freedom - a message inspired by his own political imprisonment.

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Steve Gadd Band

Catalina Bar & Grill

Hollywood, 90028


Gadd is one of the most well-known and highly regarded session and studio drummers in the industry. Gadd's groove on Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", and drum solo on Steely Dan's "Aja", are both examples of his seminal sound and signature style. He has worked with popular musicians from a wide range of genres including notably Simon & Garfunkel, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Grover Washington Jr., Chick Corea and Al Di Meola.

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