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Marking the tenth anniversary since the re-establishment of Oxford Improvisers and celebrating the remarkable range and diversity of music it has fostered in Oxford and beyond, Cohesion 2011 will be a unique four-day festival of new and improvised music and performance over a two-week period, featuring the legendary

Wadada Leo Smith is one of the outstanding American musicians of his generation. A ground-breaking trumpeter and composer, he was a key member of the seminal Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Alongside artists such as Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, he has pioneered new possibilities in creative music, and in so doing, created a compelling body of work, ranging from solo musics through to orchestral compositions.

Artistic Direction: Pat Thomas

Tunde Jegede (Kora, Cello)

Alexander Hawkins (Piano)

Hafeez Al-Karrar (Percussion)

Ahmed Abdul Rahman (Erhu)

Members of Oxford Improvisers Orchestra

Thursday 24 November 8.00PM

Newman Rooms Rose Place St Aldate’s Oxford OX1 1RD £9/£6
Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith in concert with Pat Thomas, Alexander Hawkins, and members of Oxford Improvisers

Saturday 26 November 8.00PM

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building Saint Hilda’s College, Cowley Place Oxford OX4 1DY £9/£6
Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith in concert, with Oxford Improvisers Orchestra

Friday 2 December 4.45PM and 9.15 PM

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building £9/£6

a multi-layered work to which we invite performers of all ages and backgrounds, celebrating the diversity of music present in Oxford .

Workshops and rehearsals will be held throughout the month,
contact or 01865 721564 if you wish to take part.(in association with “Christmas Light Night” festival)

Saturday 3 December afternoon and evening

Pegasus Theatre Magdalen Road Oxford OX4 1RE

1.30-3.30 pm Taster workshop on improvisation techniques. Cost: £3

4.00-6.00 pm Open session. An open rehearsal and discussion prior to the evening performance. Cost: Free (booking required).

8.00 pm Concert: “New moves; new sounds ” £7, £5 concessions, £4 U18

Live collaborations across the arts featuring :

Tunde Jegede, Hafeez Al-Karrar, Ahmed Abdul Rahman, as well as members of Oxford Improvisers working with some of Oxford’s talented dancers, and artists from the DEC project (drawing dance).


Telephone: o1865 721564

Advance booking:

Cohesion Festival 2011 receives support from

Arts Council England

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