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Take Five With Omar Tamez

Take Five With Omar Tamez
By Published: January 29, 2011
Meet Omar Tamez:

He studied music with master in composition. He studied with the composer and teacher Nicandro Tamez. Skillful courses of composition and/or conferences with André Richard, Daniel Catán, Mario Lavista, Manuel de Elí¬as, Helmut Lachmann, Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Has made concerts in Mexico, United States, Italy,

Instrument(s):

Guitars, flutes, kora, kalimbas, and many other small ethnic instruments.

Teachers and/or influences? Nicandro Tamez André Richard Daniel Catán, Mario Lavista, Manuel de Elí¬as, Helmut Lachmann, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
, Tal Farlow
Tal Farlow
Tal Farlow
1921 - 1998
guitar
, Jim Hall
Jim Hall
Jim Hall
1930 - 2013
guitar
, Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
b.1931
guitar
, Sonny Sharrock
Sonny Sharrock
Sonny Sharrock
1940 - 1994
guitar, electric
, James Blood Ulmer
James Blood Ulmer
James Blood Ulmer
b.1942
guitar
.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I start to "see" the stories in sound.

Your sound and approach to music: Hard to say it, but basically I like strong and good music.

Your teaching approach: Make them "breath" and live in/on the music.

Your dream band:

Live ones: I wish to work with Henry Threadgill
Henry Threadgill
Henry Threadgill
b.1944
reeds
, Ornette Coleman, David Murray
David Murray
David Murray
b.1955
sax, tenor
, among many others. But specially guys who believe and put soul and human being in music and not just a way of make a living.

And from the past: I wish to play with Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
,George Adams
George Adams
George Adams
b.1940
sax, tenor
, John Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
; so many great souls... Mal Waldron
Mal Waldron
Mal Waldron
1926 - 2002
piano
, Max Roach
Max Roach
Max Roach
1925 - 2007
drums
.

Road story: Your best or worst experience: My best story on the road was play in a small town in Japan as part of the Takefu International Music Festival, and we were unknown artists for the people. Even then, they walked to a mountain to be with us in a Buddhist church and make a beautiful human vibe.

Favorite venue:

Everywhere, if there are good humans ready to listen.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why? My next album is a duet with Steve Baczkowski, because we make great music and both believe in music as a way to be in society.

The first Jazz album I bought was: Not the first one but the first I heard was Birds of Fire, by Mahavishnu Orchestra
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Mahavishnu Orchestra
b.1971
band/orchestra
, when I was nine years old; I always chose the LP for that beautiful cover. Years later, somebody told me, "That's jazz," so I answered "In that case I like jazz."

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? Faith.

Did you know...

I got married last September?

CDs you are listening to now:

Charles Mingus, "At Antibes" (Atlantic);

John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, "Crescent" (Impulse!);

Joachim Kuhn
Joachim Kuhn
Joachim Kuhn
b.1944
piano
, "3 Penny Opera" (Gitanes);

Gateway, Gateway (ECM);

Ornette Coleman, "Free Jazz" (Atlantic).

Desert Island picks:

Charles Mingus, "At Antibes" (Atlantic);

John Coltrane, "Crescent" (Impulse!);

Joachim Kuhn, "3 Penny Opera" (Gitanes);

Gateway, Gateway (ECM);

Ornette Coleman, "Free Jazz" (Atlantic).

How would you describe the state of jazz today? Hard and strong.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Musicians and audiences.

What is in the near future? My festival at home. Tours. Learning, practice, make concerts. Teach better. My radio shows.

By Day:

24 hours in music.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: Tennis player.


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