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The New York Times recently described jazz composer and violinist Meg Okura’s music as "grandiloquent beauty that transitions easily from grooves to big cascades to buoyant swing." No. 6 Jazz Violinist/Violist in the International Critics' Poll, Meg Okura blends East and West in modern jazz. Okura dares to combine erhu (Chinese violin) with the harp, bass clarinet, flutes and the soprano saxophone in her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, a one-of-a-kind jazz group based in Harlem. The ensemble has released four albums- Meg Okura’s Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble (2006), Naima (2010), and Music of Ryuichi Sakamoto (2013), and the Ima Ima (feat

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Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble: Music of Ryuichi Sakamoto

Read "Music of Ryuichi Sakamoto" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Violinista originaria di Tokio, la poco più che quarantenne Meg Okura è un'apprezzata jazzista che ha lavorato con nomi di primo piano della scena statunitense. In questo curioso lavoro borderline la musicista è alla testa del suo Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble -quintetto atipico con flauto e violino accanto alla ritmica--con il quale riproporre in forma ...

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Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble: Naima

Read "Naima" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

John Coltrane's original recording of “Naima" is extraordinarily beautiful, and it's possible that he never envisioned such a breathtaking version being played so many years after it had been composed. So hats off to the Japanese-born violinist and erhu player, Meg Okura, for conjuring up that version. As wave after wave of the song's melody unfolds ...