By Greg Cahill, Strings Magazine

Downbeat magazine recently named jazz violinist Tomoko Omura one of its Rising Star Violinists for the fifth year in a row. Her new album, Branches Vol. 1 (Outside in Music), was inspired by Japanese folktales. It solidifies her reputation as a gifted composer and passionate instrumentalist. “I hope that, through the lens of contemporary jazz music,” she says of the recording, “the listener is transported to the world of Japanese sounds and moods.” Strings asked Omura about the origin of this intriguing project.

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