EDGEFEST 26: BREATHING FREE
Friday, october 21st, 2022
At Kerrytown Concert House
COVID-19 Policy for Edgefest 2022
- Masks are required indoors, except when actively consuming a beverage.
- Please do not attend a performance if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
7 PM | Oluyemi Thomas' Positive Knowledge
Oluyemi Thomas moved to Oakland from his native Detroit in 1974 after obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering from Washtenaw College in Ann Arbor. He is a master of many instruments, mainly performing on the bass clarinet, C melody saxophone, C soprano saxophone, flute, and musette. He is interested in music and instruments from all over the world and often incorporates scales and sounds not often encountered in Western music, bringing to his art a deep spirituality rooted in his Baha’i faith. Thomas often works in duo formats, most prominently with his wife Ijeoma, and in larger groupings, sometimes with his brother Kenn, who lives in Ann Arbor. His 2009 Edgefest performance with his two family members and bassist Michael Bisio was released on cd as Positive Knowledge – Edgefest Edition. In addition, he has worked with Wadada Leo Smith, Alan Silva, William Parker, Wilber Morris, John Tchicai, Henry Grimes, Roscoe Mitchell, and Cecil Taylor.
8 PM | Michael TA Thompson Quintet
Michael TA Thompson was born in Miami, FL, but moved to the US Virgin Islands at the age of nine, where he began to learn to play the drums. After high school he attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, then headed to NYC. He met trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr. who introduced him to like-minded musicians such as William Parker, Kidd Jordan, Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Dennis Gonzales, Oliver Lake, Matthew Shipp, Uri Caine, Henry Grimes, Jason Hwang, Ken Filiano, and many others. He played with LA-based multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia and became his drummer of choice for East Coast performances. In addition, he has played with Clypsonians, The Mighty Sparrow, The Shadow, Beckett, reggae artist Owen Gray, and other artists from classical to rap and beyond. He has recorded for television shows such as Blue’s Clues, (Nickelodeon), for commercials, and for film.
9 PM | REMPIS/FELDMAN/DAISY TRIO
Double Duo’s performance is generously sponsored by Deep Friendship: The Connie Crothers Legacy Project.
Saxophonist, improviser, and composer Dave Rempis has been an integral part of the thriving Chicago jazz and improvised music scene since 1997. With a background in ethnomusicology and African studies at Northwestern University, including a year spent at the University of Ghana, Rempis burst onto the creative music scene at the age of 22 when he was asked to join the leading Chicago new jazz outfit The Vandermark Five. This opportunity catapulted him to notoriety as he began to tour regularly throughout the US and Europe, an active schedule that he still maintains to the present day. Rempis’ musical expression draws on a a variety of elements. While heavily improvisational in nature, his Greek ethnicity, studies in jazz and ethnomusicology, an appreciation for the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary composition, and a love for unforgivingly strident yelps, screeches, and squeals that can encompass the ever-evolving state of human depravity all inform his work. He tours intensively with several combos and works as a presenter, most prominently at the renowned Chicago Elastic Arts Foundation.
10 PM | Fay Victor's Mutations for justice
This performance is dedicated to jaimie breezy branch.
Brooklyn-born Fay Victor has lived all over the world, in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and Japan, gathering experience and developing her unique all-encompassing musical style. She is an improvising vocalist, a composer, lyricist, and educator, exploring all facets of improvisational music. With roots in traditional jazz singing, Victor has developed a distinctive vocalizing, language and performing approach encompassing an “everything is everything” aesthetic, bringing in references that span the globe. Victor sees the voice as a direct and powerful conduit for language and messages in an improvising context: sometimes her vocalizations are abstract and with no recognizable words, and at other times they tell a story or express strong social and political messages. She has recorded with an array of top line musicians, and leads several ensembles, each with very different focus, from SUNG, dedicated to exploring the compositions of Herbie Nichols arrayed with her own lyrics, or In Praise of Ornette, to the eclectic and wide-ranging SoundNoiseFUNK quartet in which she explores the full range of her rich repertoire of vocal capabilities. She comes to Edgefest as part of a tour celebrating the quartet’s latest CD, We’ve Had Enough! on ECM.