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Ijeoma Thomas
Spoken word artist, poet
Wordsmith, spoken word artist, poet, vocalist and teacher, Ijeoma Thomas believes "all art is a gift of the Holy Spirit". She has composed, performed and recorded with the music unit “Positive Knowledge” and published many chapbooks and individual poems in local and national publications.

Born and raised in Washington D.C. now based in Oakland, Ca., Ijeoma has traveled and toured in New York City, Europe and West Africa. She has also been Artist - in - Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California. Thomas has lent a vocal poetic motif to the works of Cecil Taylor, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Miya Masaoka, William Parker and Alan Silva.
Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 20 2019 8:00 PM
CounterPulse [80 Turk Street San Francisco, CA 94102]
Ever in thrall of the brilliant music of the late pianist Cecil Taylor, Rova Saxophone Quartet, along with eight other intrepid comrades in sound exploration, will present an homage to the iconoclastic innovator. After the success of our collaborative 2018 concert, Air: A Tribute to Cecil Taylor, Rova was inspired to plan an evening featuring a reworking of Mr. Taylor’s album-length masterwork, Dark to Themselves, along with an opening set of Taylor-related performances by other players in the community.

Dark to Themselves, rearranged primarily by Rova member Steve Adams, will be performed by Orkestrova—a flexible expansion of the Rova Quartet, including guitarists Jean-Paul Bourelly and Henry Kaiser, bassist Jason Hoopes, and drummer Donald Robinson, in San Francisco on Saturday April 20, 2019.

In addition to Dark to Themselves, the evening will feature Positive Knowledge, a duo of Oluyemi and Ijeoma Thomas, on reeds and vocals, respectively, presenting the poetry of Cecil Taylor; and duo B., a collaborative project of bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and percussionist Jason Levis. All participants have deep connections to Taylor’s art, and the 3 segments of music will pay fitting tribute to this great visionary. The concert will offer the audience fresh views of his compositions, and exhilarating moments of improvisation.  More...
CDs on which Ijeoma Thomas appears:
Positive Knowledge Another Day's Journey
Artist: Positive Knowledge
Title: Another Day's Journey
Label: Music and Arts CD842
Label page on this site: Music and Arts
Music and Arts CD842