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Oluyemi Thomas
Saxophones, bass clarinet
Oluyemi Thomas was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied at Washtenaw College in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he received an Associate of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. While attending Washtenaw College, he also studied music and the spiritual and physical nature of sound & silence. Great love and respect for the Arts is regarded as a gem to his parents who passed this on to him and his sisters and brothers. In his childhood years his mother & father often listened to the masters Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday. As a creative musician, performer, recording artist teacher and engineer, Mr. Thomas seeks to express his abiding love for the hidden power of Art. Oluyemi’s primary focus is to touch the inner core of individuals, be it in a forum, radio, television, recording or on the bandstand. For two decades he & his lovely wife poet Ijeoma have been members of the music and poetry unit Positive Knowledge. (Bass Clarinet/Saxophone) He may be heard on Music & Arts, Ear Light Records, Eremite, Rastascan & BMG labels. His travels to Africa, the Middle East & Europe are elements he brings to the mix. Oluyemi’s experience in sharing musical language utterance include the great Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, Alan Silva, William Parker, Wilber Morris, John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell and wonderful conversations with Anthony Braxton and Charles Gayle. Mr. Oluyemi believes “The musician’s art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise”… and “Music should lead to spirituality”…
CDs on which Oluyemi Thomas appears:
Oluyemi Thomas/ Gino Robair Unity in Multiplicity
Artist: Oluyemi Thomas/ Gino Robair
Title: Unity in Multiplicity
Label: Rastascan Records BRD 025
Label page on this site: Rastascan Records
Rastascan Records BRD 025
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
Jimzeen and Wizard (05/02/1999)
POSITIVE KNOWLEDGE from the September 98 issue of OUTSIDE