by Dave Sumner, Bandcamp

“In 2015, Japanese violinist Tomoko Omura decided to arrange 10 well-known Japanese songs—a mix of old folk songs and popular modern tunes—for performance as jazz pieces on an album she would title Roots. The inspiration for the project was relatively straightforward. ‘I was looking for something I could bring to jazz,” she explains. “I had been reading a lot of Japanese folk tales, and I had an idea that I wanted to write music for these stories.'”

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