Bootleg Theater & Angel City Jazz Festival Present
Jazz Night with Orkestar MEZE, Daniel Rotem
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Led by Bulgarian-born performer-composer Milen Kirov, Orkestar MÉZÉ established itself as a musical powerhouse in a short period of time. Since 2011 this 11-piece ensemble has gathered a large following through their raucous, joyous live shows where fans of all ages and walks of life dance to the band’s original high-energy groovy sound. Featuring a powerful 6-piece horn section, the band’s unique sound is a mix of classic American funk and soul with fiery traditional Bulgarian and Balkan odd rhythms and slippery modal melodies. The members of the band hail from Bulgaria, Italy, Turkey, New Zealand, Canada, and the US and this diversity is evident in their unique style they branded “peasant funk”, which is sure to make you dance uncontrollably.
The band’s debut album “Peasant Funk” was released on November 11, 2011 to rave reviews by critics and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Online and print media have enthusiastically embraced the record calling it “a magician’s hat that you can reach into and pull out anything your heart desires” and “a musical concoction that is equally appetizing to the refined music connoisseur and to the enthusiastic casual listener”. Orkestar MÉZÉ released their eagerly anticipated self-titled sophomore record on June 16, 2015. Special guests featured on the album include “The Ambassador of Soul” Ellis Hall (Tower of Power, Ray Charles), the Bulgarian kaval virtuoso Theodosii Spassov, Miroslav Tadic – one of the most unique and celebrated guitarists of our time, and the legendary Bulgarian composer, musicologist, and gadulka specialist Todor Kirov. The single “Love Revolution” featuring the voice and keyboards of the incomparable Ellis Hall has been picked up by radio stations from the US to New Zealand and the band is gathering more and more attention and fans from all corners of the world.
Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, Daniel relocated to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music in 2011. Shortly after graduating Berklee he was one out of seven selected for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Program by a panel consisting of jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Heath, and James Newton. While at the Institute Daniel went on a U.S. State Department Tour to Morocco, performed in Paris, at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, at the Kennedy Center with Al Jareau and Dee Dee Bridgewater, and had the privilege to lead and narrate a jazz history Masterclass and performance at the White House, hosted by the First Lady Ms. Michelle Obama, elebrating International Jazz Day in April 2016.
Since graduating the Institute in June 2016, Daniel has taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and has become an active member of the LA musical community, performing with artists such as Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Josh Nelson, Usher, Stevie Wonder, and others. Daniel's debut album "Be Nice" was released independently in February 2017.
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