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 … Read More
Derrick Gardner – ‘Still I Rise’ 78 Derrick Gardner takes a grand leadership role on Still I Rise leading his Big dig! Band, arranging, producing and composing all of the music. The … Read More
By J.D. Considine, JazzTimes In 2015, violinist Tomoko Omura released an album called Roots, which offered jazz takes on 10 Japanese folk and pop songs. It was a clever way … Read More
By Nicholas F. Mondello, All About Jazz With Branches Vol. 1, award-winning violinist Tomoro Omura dives deep into exploring textures and melodic invention drawn from Japanese folklore. Read this full … Read More
By Dave Sumner, Bandcamp On her excellent 2015 recording, Roots, Tomoko Omura adapted well-known Japanese songs, both traditional and recent, into arrangements for modern jazz quintet. Read this article here.
By Mike Gates, UK VIBE Making her debut for Outside In Music, Japanese violinist, composer, producer and arranger Tomoko Omura presents us with six compositions on this, her fourth album … Read More
By Dave Cantor, Downbeat There’s a promise inherent in contemporary music, and it goes something like this: With people from various backgrounds—culturally, ideologically, religiously, aesthetically—creating art, everyone can benefit from … Read More