Meg Okura (violin)
Sam Newsome (soprano saxophone)
Ayako Shirasaki (piano)
Noriko Ueda (bass)
Paul Wells (drums)
Meg Okura and Sam Newsome are joined here by a stellar rhythm section. Using their original works as vehicles, the group will explore a wide spectrum of jazz through imaginative improvisations.
Meg Okura has toured internationally with the late Michael Brecker, Steve Swallow, Tom Harrell, as well as her own groups and is the founder of the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble. She is a graduate of Juilliard, where she was the concertmaster of the Juilliard Opera Orchestra. She has appeared on dozens of recordings with a wide range of artists including David Bowie, Lee Konitz, Diane Reeves, Heidi Grand-Murphy, Sam Newsome, Jesse Harris, Jeremy Pelt and Ziggy Marley. Meg has also received numerous grants and awards including Meet The Composer and American Composers Forum.