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Sumi Tonooka

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Sumi Tonooka (pronounced To-NO-ka) has been called a “fierce and fascinating composer and pianist” (Jazz Times), “provocative and compelling” (New York Times), and “continually inventive, original, surprising, and a total delight,” (Cuadranos de Jazz, Madrid). During a career spanning more than 30 years that has taken her from bases in Philadelphia & Boston, to New York & Seattle, Tonooka has been developing a body of work that surprises and delights audiences - quietly piling up accolades from jazz writers and fellow musicians. In 2013, the American Composers Orchestra and The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, in cooperation with EarShot, the National Orchestra Composition Discover Network, presented Tonooka's first work for symphony ochestra as part of the second Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Readings

Album

Afrika Love

Label: Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Fountain; Dark Blue Residue; Afrika Love; The Cadillac of Mountains; Kesii.

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Article: Album Review

Alchemy Sound Project: Afrika Love

Read "Afrika Love" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Confirming the many advantages of a regular working ensemble, the Alchemy Sound Project came together in 2014 to provide an additional venue of exploration for several members of the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute in Los Angeles. Although the group possesses an affinity for fusing classical composition techniques with expansive improvisation, what stands out on Afrika Love, ...

Article: Album Review

Kenny Barron - Dave Holland Trio feat. Johnathan Blake: Without Deception

Read "Without Deception" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A distanza di sei anni dal celebrato The Art f Conversation, Kenny Barron e Dave Holland introducono nel loro sodalizio il batterista Johnathan Blake per realizzare un nuovo pregevole lavoro che non ricalca—com'è giusto che sia—quello precedente. In questa modifica di formazione pesa il fantasioso apporto ritmico del batterista ma non è l'unico fattore. In quel ...

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News: Education

Joel Nichols Joins Kansas City Area Youth Jazz As Spokesperson, Emcee, Consultant

Joel Nichols Joins Kansas City Area Youth Jazz As Spokesperson, Emcee, Consultant

KC Area Youth Jazz is pleased to announce the addition of Media Relations Expert and Kansas City area Radio and Television Personality, Joel Nichols as an official Spokesperson, Concert Emcee, and Media Consultant. “I’ve known Christopher [Burnett] for many years and look forward to working with KC Area Youth Jazz,” Nichols said. “I’m looking forward to ...

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Article: Live Review

Bobby Zankel Wonderful Sound 4 at Da Vinci Art Alliance

Read "Bobby Zankel Wonderful Sound 4 at Da Vinci Art Alliance" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Bobby Zankel's Wonderful Sound 4 Featuring Sumi Tonooka (Additional Performances by Vocalist Bonnie Lander and Sirius JuJu Quintet) Fire Museum Presents @ DVAA Da Vinci Art Alliance Philadelphia, PA March 24. 2018 This show afforded a rare opportunity in an intimate setting to ...

Article: Album Review

Alchemy Sound Project: Further Explorations

Read "Further Explorations" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Un settetto di ottimi musicisti provenienti dalle più diverse esperienze, per sviluppare cooperativamente un repertorio che unisca il jazz con la musica da camera: questo è l'Alchemy Sound Project, qui al debutto disccografico. In realtà la formazione originale è un quintetto, singolarmente -ed è una buona notizia -compsoto da tre donne e due uomini, ...

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News: Recording

Firebird (Single Release) By Kansas City-Based Saxophonist/Composer Christopher Burnett

Firebird (Single Release) By Kansas City-Based Saxophonist/Composer Christopher Burnett

jny: Kansas City, MO: BurnettMusic.com and the Artists Recording Collective LLC are pleased to present “Firebird" (single release) ARC-2581 from the forthcoming album by Christopher L. Burnett, BMI. “Firebird”, the first single, was released on Monday, September 1st exclusively at iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play and CD Baby. The CD Baby download features the highly recommended ...

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News: Career

Marcus Hampton Releases Debut On ARC

Marcus Hampton Releases Debut On ARC

Veteran trumpet player and composer Marcus Hampton, who is a nephew of Slide Hampton and a cousin of Lionel Hampton, has just released his debut recording that features 12 of his jazz originals. The title of his release is Hampton House of Jazz (ARC-2543). The title comes from the jazz club that Hampton and his family ...

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Phantom Carousel

Featuring the music of Sumi Tonooka
Duration: 3:12

Solo piano piece composed by Sumi Tonooka, based off of a six tone Egyption scale.

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