“…enchanting merger of jazz, Western classical music and Asian tradition” Financial Times, Aug. 28, 2010, Mike Hobart
“…has no peer in melding classical and jazz within an ethnically informed chamber setting.” The New York City Jazz Record, Jan. 2014, Elliot Simon
“…created what surely must someday become a Jazz standard.” Jazz Times, Dec. 18, 2013, Travis Rogers
Meg Okura is a New York-based Japanese-Jewish-American Jazz composer and musician. Okura composes for films, chamber ensembles, orchestras, and dance companies, and is the founder of the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble (2005). The Ensemble has performed nationally and internationally, including an appearance at the KL International Jazz Festival in Malaysia. Their albums include Naima (2010) and Music of Ryuichi Sakamoto (2013) featuring Helen Sung.
Meg Okura has performed with David Bowie, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrel, Steve Swallow, Helen Sung, John Zorn, Sam Newsome, Philip Glass, Jeremy Pelt, Dianne Reeves, Ziggy Marley, Heidi Grand-Murphy, Jesse Harris, David Benoit, Terrence Howard, Kanye West, Cirque du Soleil. She has toured all of Asia as a concertmaster and soloist with the Asian Youth Orchestra, and made her U.S debut as a soloist with New York String Orchestra at Kennedy Center as a teen. She recently received a Grammy nomination for the album, Second Half, by Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn. She has received numerous grants including the Jerome Fund; New Music USA; and LMCC’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC (2015). Okura studied at Toho School, and earned her B.M. and M.M. from the Juilliard School.
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