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Thomas, Oluyemi

Thomas, Oluyemi, bass clarinet and saxophones; b. Detroit, Michigan, 16 August 1952. 

Studied clarinet and saxophone in his youth and Engineering / Music at Washtenaw College.

Oluyemi's experience in sharing musical language utterance include Cecil Taylor, Peter Kowald, Wadada Leo Smith, Alan Silva, William Parker, Marshall Allen, Kidd Edward Jordan, Michael Wimberly, Wilber Morris, Roscoe Mitchell and  wonderful  and insightful conversations with Anthony Braxton and Charles Gayle. Toured Africa, Europe, Canada, the Middle East and South America.

He has performed and recorded with his wife poetic vocalist - Ijeoma Thomas, in the music and poetry unit Positive Knowledge for over two decades. They are members of the Baha'i  Faith.

Recordings:
Another Day's Journey; Invocation # 9; Unity in Multiplicity; Transmissions; At The Center of the Threshold; Rememberance; Voices From the Black Men's Gathering;
Positive Knowledge Live in New York

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