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Tomoko Omura

Originally from Shizuoka, Japan, Tomoko Omura began studying the violin at a young age with her mother. In 2004 she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music, and upon graduating was the school's first violinist to receive the prestigious Roy Haynes award. Shortly thereafter, she released her debut album, “Visions”, which prompted Strings magazine to feature her as an “Emerging Soloist” in 2009

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

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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