Born: August 9
All About Jazz called her “the queen of chamber jazz,” violin virtuoso Meg Okura has found the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble in 2006. Juilliard trained concert violinist, the composer and jazz violinist has revolutionized the world of chamber jazz by entwining her artful pieces with inspirations from various cultures and countries to create a purely enchanting experience.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, the multi-faceted artist cultivated her adoration for music at the Toho Gakuen School of Music at the young age of five. Talented and determined, Meg’s artistic ability later led to her position as concertmaster and soloist of Asian Youth Orchestra, and eventually her brilliant United States debut with the late Alexander Schneider’s New York String Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in her teenage years. She furthered her education at the Julliard School, earning both bachelors and masters degree in the study of classical violin. Soon, persuaded by her Juilliard professors’ belief in her exceptional talent in composition and improvisation, Meg began to pursue a transition from the classical violin to something even more electrifyingjazz. ...
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“Ms. Okura’s vibrant, Eastern-influenced, jazzy score and the playing of her musicians were the most sophisticated parts of the work” (Roslyn Sulcas)
All About Jazz
“…chamber jazz has found its queen in Meg Okura.” (Dan Bilawsky)
“…a stunning improvisation on top of an impressionistic backdrop.” (Bill Milkowski)
“Naima is the magnificent new release from violin virtuoso Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble. Captivating, exciting and refreshing are just one way to describe the track offerings that are featured...
LocationNew York, NY
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Clinic/Workshop InformationMeg Okura has conducted clinics and lecture concert programs for the past three years, creating unforgettable memories for over 10,000 students of all ages across the United States.
“Jazz Violin and Improvisation Workshop”
A program for students of all levels to learn the secrets of improvisation. The program will de-mystify the process of improvising by showing the basic methods for improvising, while students having a ton of fun...