Tomoko Omura’s Post Bop GypsiesTuesday, August 14, 2018 @ 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tomoko Omura’s Post Bop Gypsies are a modern take on the classic, violin, guitar and bass instrumentation.
The New York City based trio also features Alex Goodman on guitar and George DeLancey on bass. The band is on the road celebrating their self titled 2017 debut release (Inner Circle Music 2017).
Tomoko Omura – 5-string violin
Alex Goodman – guitar
George DeLancey – bass
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. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 consecutively, she was 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. Violinst 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 StringsMagazine 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.
Originally from Shizuoka, Japan, she began studying the violin at a young age with her mother, and began playing jazz music while studying at Yokohama National University. In 2004, Tomoko relocated to the United States when she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. While at Berklee, Tomoko worked with such legendary musicians as George Garzone, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, Jamey Haddad, Matt Glaser and Rob Thomas. In 2005, during her sophomore year, she was awarded Berklee’s prestigious Roy Haynes award; an award given to one student for their exceptional improvisational skills. Tomoko was the first violinist in Berklee’s history to receive this award. She graduated summa cum laude in 2007.
Since moving to NY in 2010, Tomoko has performed with a wide range of musicians including
Fabian Almazan, Paquito D’Rivera, The Mahavishnu Project, Aubrey Johnson, Tammy Scheffer, Camila Meza, Joanna Wallfisch, Carolina Calvache, Mario Castro, Annie Chen, Vadim Neselovskyi, Daniel Foose and Simon Yu’s Exotic Experiment. She is featured on Almazan’s Blue Note/ArtistShare debut recording, “The Rhizome Project” and the recent Biophilia records release “Alcanza”. She has previously been a full time member of world music band, The Guy Mendilow Ensemble, Celtic music band, RUNA and the vintage jazz band, Carte Blanche. She is also a member and a founder of Solar string quartet and writes own music for the group.
Winner of both first prize and the Public’s Choice Award at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition, Alex Goodman has been hailed as “a definite musical voice” (Guitar International), “a jazz phenomenon the world over” (Birmingham Times), and as a player of “fluid lyricism” (Downbeat) and “Dazzling improvisational dexterity” (New York City Jazz Record)
In 2013, Alex’s CD Bridges was nominated for a JUNO as Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, Canada’s highest musical honor. Since moving to New York in 2012, Goodman has recorded with artists including John Patitucci, Dick Oatts, Kevin Hays and Rich Perry and performed with a variety of notable jazz musicians like Charles Lloyd, Eric Harland, Ari Hoenig, Terell Stafford, Ben Wolfe, and John Riley. Alex was awarded a 2013 ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer Award, has written a book of solo guitar etudes and has composed extensively for jazz groups, chamber groups, orchestras, big bands, and string quartets.
Alex has performed at New York City’s top clubs such as Smalls, the Appel Room at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, Mezzrow, 55 Bar, Smoke, and Cornelia Street Cafe, at prestigious international venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Massey Hall in Toronto as well as at jazz festivals including Winter Jazz Fest in New York, the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Alex has also played across the world in countries including Bulgaria, India, Switzerland, Germany, Holland and Belgium. He is a graduate of the Master’s program in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music.
George DeLancey is a native of Cambridge, OH, and a student of such prestigious programs as the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Michigan State University Jazz Studies Program, where he studied under Rodney Whitaker. He has worked with notable bandleaders Johnny O’Neal, Wessell Anderson, Willie Jones III, Philip and Winard Harper, Christian Howes, Houston Person, Tia Fuller, Bria Skonberg, as well as many others in New York and throughout the Midwest. He is active nationally as a bandleader and educator, and has worked with programs including Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People, Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Workshop and Keith Hall’s Summer Drum Intensive. He is also the director of the Midwestern arts initiative Applachian Muse.