Meg Okura is “the queen of chamber jazz,” says Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz. As a composer, violinist, and erhu player, Meg Okura leads the critically acclaimed Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble. A native of Japan, she toured Asia as the concertmaster and soloist with the Asian Youth Orchestra. At 19, she made her US debut at the Kennedy Center as a soloist with Alexander Schneider’s New York String Orchestra, and moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School. She has toured with Michael Brecker, Steve Swallow, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, Cirque du Soleil, Pharaoh’s Daughter as well as her own group. For the last several years, she has been performing with Grammy nominated Latin jazz group Emilio Solla Y La Inststable De Brooklyn. Her credits appear on over 50 albums and soundtracks, with anyone from David Bowie to Dianne Reeves. As a composer, Okura has composed for films, chamber ensembles and orchestras, and modern dance companies, and has received grants and awards including the Jerome Fund for New Music. Hailed by the New York Times as “vibrant” and “sophisticated,” her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble has performed at the NYC Winter Jazzfest, Levitt Pavilion (CA), Lincoln Center, and sold-out concerts in Japan. This coming spring, Meg Okura will be performing twelve concerts at the Stone with
twelve different groups.