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