Mulatu Astatke painting by Jonas Lynch

The Timeless series of concerts started with Mulatu Astatke from Ethiopia.  The arranger / composer seriess consist in 4 events: Mulatu Astatke, Suite for Ma’ Dukes (a tribute to J.Dilla’s work), Arthur Verocai (Brasilian composer) and David Axelrod, who we all know his work.  Jonas Lynch is a young painter from Iowa, who migrated to LA about 10 years ago.  Jonas attended a graphic design college for a few years and then decided to start painting.  His style is very unique, his choice of materials and color shadows take your vision to a vintage area, from Run DMC to Barak Obama, Jonas’ being doing it wild.  The first series of gives to the Timesless main artist has started.  Up next, on Sun. Feb. 22nd, Jonas will present Ma’ Dukes with two paintings, one for her to sign and one for him to keep.  The concert will take place once again a the Luckman in Cal State LA. starting at 7pm with dj sets by Jrocc and long time friend of Dilla dj House Shoe.  Here are some of the photos taken of the painting presented to Mulatu Astatke the day after the even.  Mulatu signed the painting in his native language ‘ahmaric’.  Dig deep to get deeper.

mulatu astatke by jonas lynchmulatumulatu close upahmaric signature by mulatu astatkejonas lynchJonas Lynch carries his work after the day of the event.  The painting is on a 3×4 feet in area and is painted on a white canvas, the background of the painting is made with phone book white pages, Jonas’ trademark.

Todd Simon & Mulatu Astatke

Todd Simon & Mulatu Astatke photo by 213




Our Recovery brother Todd Simon was the man who basically stoled the night, by playing his heart out during most of the sets.  Todd had a few solos and most of the high sounds arrangements.  Mulatu liked Todd’s style of playing very much.  Todd was just invited to share the stage with brazilian composer and arranger Arthur Verocai on March 15th.  Simon besides being a super talented trumpeter also is a father of a beautiful little girl and as well a teacher of music at Hollywood High School.  Toddito as we call him will be ‘killing’ the horns once again this mid March.  Make sure to get your tix soon.  So far the Timeless shows have been a success.  Feel the experience of good sounds and always dig deep to get deeper.


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