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Master class: Sumi Tonooka

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Composer and pianist Sumi Tonooka presents a master class.

During a career spanning more than 30 years, Sumi Tonooka has been called a “fierce and fascinating composer and pianist” (JazzTimes), “provocative and compelling” (The New York Times) and “continually inventive, original, surprising and a total delight” (Cuadernos de Jazz). Recording often in trio or quartet with such noted jazz stalwarts as bassist Rufus Reid and drummers Akira Tana and Lewis Nash, Tonooka characteristically blends her own compositions with highly personal readings of jazz standards. Her 2009 recording, Initiation (ARC Records, with tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay), garnered an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Village Voice Jazz Critic’s Poll. In 2013, the American Composers Orchestra and The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, in cooperation with EarShot, the National Orchestra Composition Discover Network, presented Tonooka's first work for symphony orchestra as part of the second Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Readings. In addition to her symphonic and chamber works, jazz recordings and performances, Tonooka has composed over a dozen film scores. Her career has been chronicled in several highly regarded jazz books, including Living the Jazz Life by Royal Stokes, ln The Moment by Francis Davis and Madame Jazz by Leslie Gourse. Tonooka, along with alto saxophonist Chris Burnett and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, co-founded the Artists Recording Collective (ARC), an internationally recognized brand and professional recording label. She now divides her time between her responsibilities as the Chief Public Relations Officer for ARC, composing and performing for an increasingly widespread audience of jazz aficionados.

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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