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Tomoko Omura

Tomoko Omura is among today's leading voices in jazz violin. “Roots”, her debut album for Inner Circle Music, is a compelling tribute to her native Japan, featuring original arrangements of ten classic Japanese folk and popular songs. In the words of fellow violinist Christian Howes, “'Roots' is a tremendous accomplishment, and undoubtedly one of the most important and creative jazz albums produced by a violinist in recent history.” Downbeat magazine calls Tomoko “a leader with a fine future”, awarding “Roots” 4 and a half stars. Her latest release, “Post Bop Gypsies” (Inner Circle, 2017), is a contemporary jazz trio album in the classic Gypsy jazz instrumentation of violin, guitar and bass. Through 2015-2019, she has been named a “Rising Star” in Downbeat magazine's prestigious Critic's Poll.

Strongly informed by the jazz violin tradition, her 2008 self-released debut album, “Visions”, is a collection of seven dynamic original pieces, each of which is dedicated to one of the greats of the instrument, from Stuff Smith to Zbigniew Seifert. Violinist Matt Glaser praises “Visions” as such: “Her playing here is uniformly amazing, with great ideas, great tone, perfect intonation and great feel...”. “Mark's Passion”, dedicated to Mark Feldman, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition. The release of “Visions” also prompted Strings Magazine to name Omura a “Rising Star” in 2009. In 2014, she was chosen as a semi finalist of the 1st International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition in Krakow, Poland.

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A leader with a fine future.
-Downbeat Magazine by Joe Tangari

”With a clear and sturdy violin attack, and an inventive voice as an improviser”
“A rising talent worth watching” - New York Times, July 2017

everything ceaselessly flows, oft breezy, swingin', be-boppy while wafting through the hip museum
- FAME review by Mark S. Tucker

no matter how complex and expansive things may get, she retains those qualities that made the songs memorable in the first place.  It’s a hell of an accomplishment.  It’s also a seriously exciting album
One of the best things to come out all year.  It was my Pick of the Week when it first hit the shelves back in January… and it remains one of the best things on that shelf as the year comes to a close.
-Bird is the Worm

Her swooping lines and emotive outpourings are contemporary without losing the sense of tradition inherent in both Japanese folk and Western jazz - in other words she can swing!
- Bebopspokenhere

Omura masterfully injects her bold and contemporary blend of jazz into these Japanese standards to create a new and refreshing sound she can proudly call her own.
-Nextbop by Sebastien Helary

”Roots” is a tremendous accomplishment, and undoubtedly one of the most important and creative jazz albums produced by a violinist in recent history. 
- Chtistian Howes

”Roots” reaches back for its source material but is most certainly contemporary music at its best.
- Step Tempest

At once, Tomoko Omura's “Roots” is stirring and melodiously captivating

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Primary Instrument

Violin

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

All levels are accepted. All lessons, workshops inquiry, please e-mail to: [email protected]

Wayne Shorter
saxophone
Michael Brecker
saxophone, tenor
John Coltrane
saxophone
Miles Davis
woodwinds
Allan Holdsworth
guitar, electric
Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto
Frank Zappa
guitar

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Albums

Unraveled

Outside in Music
2020

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Branches Vol. 1

Outside in Music
2020

buy

Post Bop Gypsies

Inner Circle Music
2017

buy

Roots

Inner Circle Music
2015

buy

Visions

Self Produced
2008

buy

Karate

From: Unraveled
By Tomoko Omura

These Days

From: Unraveled
By Tomoko Omura

Dindi

From: Unraveled
By Tomoko Omura

The Peacocks

From: Unraveled
By Tomoko Omura

Voice Is Magic

From: Unraveled
By Tomoko Omura

Lie In Wait

From: Unraveled
By Tomoko Omura

Happy To Stay

From: Unraveled
By Tomoko Omura

Unraveled

From: Unraveled
By Tomoko Omura

Love Again

From: Unraveled
By Tomoko Omura

No More 'I Love You's

From: Unraveled
By Tomoko Omura

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