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"I believe that we find our power through the transformation that happens  when we learn to trust ourselves. We become powerful in that moment, and by extension, we are better able to connect to other powerful Humans and work together to transform each other and the world around us." - Dr. Mark Lomax II (TEDxColumbus)

Recent and Upcoming Releases

Click on the image to check out the latest release from the Ogún Meji Duo featuring Eddie Bayard & Mark Lomax, II!

Click on the image to check out the latest release from the Ogún Meji Duo featuring Eddie Bayard & Mark Lomax, II!

This is what happens when the drum converses with with the nommo...

This is what happens when the drum converses with with the nommo...

Dr. Lomax is in the midst of a major project. The 400 Years Cycle is the story of the Afrikan diaspora told in 12 recordings of various ensembles! Click on the image for more information.

Dr. Lomax is in the midst of a major project. The 400 Years Cycle is the story of the Afrikan diaspora told in 12 recordings of various ensembles! Click on the image for more information.

Exciting New Music from Mark Lomax order now!!

Exciting New Music from Mark Lomax order now!!

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Newest collection of improvisations for solo drum set recorded weekly during the summer of 2015.

Newest collection of improvisations for solo drum set recorded weekly during the summer of 2015.

Dr. Lomax proudly endorses RBH Drums. Click on the image for more information.

Dr. Lomax proudly endorses RBH Drums. Click on the image for more information.

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Previous events

The Ogún Meji Duo + feat. Krate Digga

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Maroon Arts Group, 925 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43203

Join Maroon Arts Group on Sunday, September 24, 2017 as we explore the music of the Maroon culture. The Ogún Meji Duo ( Mark Lomax, II & Eddie Bayard) with DJ Krate Digga will be bringing us music that is inspired by the historic culture of the Maroons. This will be a treat you do not want to miss. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS!!!

Ogún Meji Duo + Play music of the Maroons

TBA, Columbus Ohio

Dr. Lomax has been commissioned by the Maroon Arts Group to compose and perform three concerts of music for small ensemble based on the traditional music of the Maroons, Africans who escaped American slavery.

Mark Lomax Quartet

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Knapp Performance Space, 300 Ridge Rd., Granville, OH 43023

The MLQ presents a new work by Dr. Lomax titled 'The Coming'. Named after the Daniel Black novel, the three movement composition traces the journey of captured human beings from Africas shores to the uncertainty of the new world.

Mar22

Drumversations

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Short North Stage, 1187 North High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

Drummer & composer Dr. Mark Lomax, II is joined by poets Barbara Fant, Dionne Custer Edwards, Scott Woods, and a rapper Carnell Willoughby for a powerful presentation that encourages us toward the truth of our collective humanity and the hope it brings.

Feb9

Mellon Guest Artist Residency

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Denison University

Dr. Mark Lomax, II has been chosen to serve as a Mellon Long-term Artist-in-Residence with the Denison University Department of Dance. Over the course of spring semester 2017, Dr. Lomax will interact through lectures, presentations, and master classes for courses and students in the Departments of Music, Dance, and Theatre, and for courses in a variety of humanities and social science disciplines including, but not limited to, Black Studies, English Literature, Sociology/Anthropology, and Philosophy. Additionally, Dr. Lomax will be responsible for 5 performances with his professional ensemble during the semester.

Jan10

Novtny Recording Session

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Playing the music of Jack Novtny (tenor sax) with Juini Booth (bass), & Benito Gonzales (piano)

Mark Lomax Trio +1

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Motor City Room, 2739 Russell St., Detroit, MI

The Mark Lomax Trio fea. Edwin Bayard and Dean Hulett make its Motor City debut with special guest trumpeter Marlon Jordan for 3 shows 11/10-11/12 midnight to 4am.

Mark Lomax Trio +1

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Motor City Room, 2739 Russell St., Detroit, MI

The Mark Lomax Trio fea. Edwin Bayard and Dean Hulett make its Motor City debut with special guest trumpeter Marlon Jordan for 3 shows 11/10-11/12 midnight to 4am.

Mark Lomax Trio +1

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Motor City Room, 2739 Russell St., Detroit, MI

The Mark Lomax Trio fea. Edwin Bayard and Dean Hulett make its Motor City debut with special guest trumpeter Marlon Jordan for 3 shows 11/10-11/12 midnight to 4am.

Lomax/Woods ...A Bad Peace

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Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit St., Columbus, Ohio 43202

Benjamin Franklin is famously quoted as stating, “There was never a good war, or a bad peace.” And yet, in 2016 America, there is all manner of evidence to the contrary. Does Franklin’s logic hold up in an America where large portions of its population live in occupied state conditions? “A Bad Peace” seeks to unpack that political duality in a unique performance of three brand new works by two of Columbus’ most progressive artists.

Navigating the theme through poetry and song, Dr. Mark Lomax, II and Scott Woods will deliver a stunning collection of new work. Dr. Lomax, II will be performing a new solo drum work, followed by Woods performing a new long-form poem. The presentation will conclude with a duet between the two that unpacks the history of black code-switching, jazz, and racial identity entitled “What You Smiling For?”, a multi-disciplinary work composed specifically for this event. A short Q&A follows the performance.

Admission is free. Merchandise by both artists will be available for purchase.

Mark Lomax Septet

Short North Stage, 1187 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43201

COLUMBUS (July XX, 2016) — The Johnstone Fund for New Music, in partnership with Short North Stage and CFG Multimedia, will present the world premiere of Blues in August by composer and drummer Dr. Mark Lomax, II and his ensemble on Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Garden Theater. The work was commissioned by the Johnstone Fund. This performance is part of August Wilson and the Four B’s, a yearlong celebration of American playwright August Wilson funded by a grant from PNC Arts Alive. Admission is free.

Inspired by American jazz percussionist and composer Max Roach, Blues in August is a five-movement composition that seeks to engage the fertile space between European classical and African American improvised music, while harnessing the essence of the blues captured in Wilson’s work. Using themes from several of Wilson’s plays as a narrative guide, it celebrates his sense of unbridled humanity.

Blues in August will be performed by musicians including Lomax, Edwin Bayard (tenor saxophone), Dean Hulett (bass), William Manley (violin), Andrew Carlson (violin), Norman Cardwell (viola), and Mary Davis Fetherston (cello).

Recording Sessions

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Relay Recording Studios

Recording new work for trio with Edwin Bayard and Dr. William Menefield as well as new music for the Ogún Meji Duo with Edwin Bayard.