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Concerts & Events

Wednesday, October 23, 2019  ·  8:30 PM CDT

Isabelle Olivier Trio

The O.A.S.I.S. Project
World Music Wednesday

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

World Music Wednesdays

A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM.

Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. TO GUARANTEE YOUR ENTRY MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE EITHER ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 773.728.6000. Reservations unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be released to waiting patrons.

Isabelle Olivier – harp / Rez Abbasi – guitar / Ernie Adams - drums

The "O.A.S.I.S" project is a collaboration between the French harpist Isabelle Olivier and the Pakistani-born, American guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi. The combination of harp and guitar offers unique opportunities in harmony, rhythm or sound.

“We met several years ago at a Jazz Festival in France where the idea of creating a sound-world between harp and guitar was initiated. Upon receiving a grant from the French-American-Cultural-Exchange in 2018, we proceeded to compose for O.A.S.I.S.

Originally, the motivation was to write for the duo, however, as the compositions were being created, we discussed the idea of extending the duo to a trio. The addition of Ernie Adams on drums added further dimension that makes this unit truly unique in the history of jazz and improvised music. Furthermore, the yin and yang aesthetic between our compositions is very complementary.

Working within a confluence of cultures in any art form, especially in music, can reveal a limitless human and artistic space where only our expectations can slow down the potential of rapid intellectual and sensory evolution. As individuals, it allows us to discover or rediscover our idiosyncratic qualities while exposing us to our vulnerabilities. Also, it challenges our ability to assimilate other cultures while affirming the uniqueness of our own.

Music is an infinite domain where the potential for communication is immense!”

- Isabelle and Rez