Omar Tamez studied composition with Nicandro Tamez, founder of Escuela Formativa por las Artes art school in Mexico. He studied with Andre Richard, Mario Lavista, Helmut Lachmann, Pierre Boulez and Karl - Heinz Stockhausen, and with Jazz masters Tal Farlow, Kenny Burrell and Jim Hall. Tamez holds a Masters degree in composition and Philosophy from Universidad Regiomontana, Monterrey, Mexico. He is the founder and leader of the Non-Jazz band for 27 years. He is also the producer and artistic director of the “International Musicians Meeting” going on its 12th ediition in 2018.
Omar has performed and recorded with JC & the Barracudas, Ramon Lopez, Agustí Fernandez, Gebhard Ullmann, Karl Berger, Conny Bauer, Reggie Workman, Wadada Leo Smith, Rashied Ali, Sonny Fortune, Andrew Cyrille, Sam Rivers, Ratzo B. Harris, Alex Coke, Jonathan Golove, Vincent Chancey, Warren Smith, George Schuller, André Jaume, Joe Fonda, Lou Grassi, Harvey Sorgen, Milo Tamez and many others.
One of his most recent projects is performing new music for solo guitar (classical, electric and baritone) worldwide.
Omar’s approach to improvised music is to be out in the field and become part of his surroundings. He travels the world as much as possible so as experiencing as many new places and people as he can.
Kelly Schmidt is one of the most influential style forces in London fashion world. Increasingly called on to style celebrities, Kelly has maintained her reputation as London’s A-list stylist. Raised in Bristol, Kellyalways knew she would dominate the world of styling and fashion.
Kelly’s clients often win 'Best Dressed Celebrity' and she won London Stylist of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Determined to make her style accessible, Kelly also mentors leading fashion designers across the UK. She has gained a large following of clients who recognizeher positive influence and sharp eye.
Pianist/Composer/Educator Angelica Sanchez moved to New York from Arizona in 1994. Since moving to the East Coast Sanchez has played with such players as: Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Motian, Richard Davis, Chad Taylor, Chris Lightcap, Rob Mazurek, Vincent Chancey, Susie Ibarra, Tim Berne, Mario Pavone, Mark Dresser, Ben Monder and many more.
Sanchez leads many groups including her own quintet featuring Marc Ducret, Tony Malaby, Drew Gress, and Tom Rainey. Her music has been recognized in international publications like, " Jazz Times Magazine", The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and many more.
She was also the 2008 recipient of the French/American Chamber Music America grant and the 2011 Rockefellers Brothers Pocantico artist residency. Her CD “Life Between” was chosen as one of years best recording 2009 in "The New York City Jazz Record (formerly AllAboutJazz-New York)." Her debut solo CD “A Little House” was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition in May 2011. Her CD “Wires & Moss” featuring her Quintet was chosen as one of best Releases of 2012 in “The New York City Jazz Record (formerly AllAboutJazz-New York).” Her Duo CD “Twine Forest” with Wadada Leo Smith received Honorable Mention as a best release in 2013 in "The New York City Jazz Record." Angelica has a Master's in Jazz Arranging from William Paterson University.