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Event Type Description
Foundational Focuses feature a Presenting Artist exploring fundamental aspects of jazz composition and arranging using examples from the jazz canon as well as their own writing.
About the Presenting Artists(s)
Meg Okura is jazz violinist, composer, and leader of the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble. She has released six albums under her name since the founding of the PACJE in 2006. Her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble has performed nationally and internationally, including Winter Jazz Fest, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Blue Note New York, Birdland, the KL Jazz Festival (Malaysia), and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Her recent honors include Copland Residency Awards, Chamber Music America New Jazz Works (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), and Jazz Road Creative Residencies. Okura’s compositions have been performed by the BMI New York Jazz Orchestra, New York Symphonic Ensemble, and Sirius Quartet among others. As a violinist Okura's credit appears on over 100 albums, films, and live videos, including David Bowie, Michael Brecker, Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Diane Reeves, Tom Harrell, Vince Giordano, Jeremy Pelt, Sam Newsome, and a Grammy-nominated album by Emilio Solla y La Inestable de Brooklyn.
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