Featured Artist – Tomeka Reid
Chicago based cellist, composer and educator, Tomeka Reid has been described as “a remarkably versatile player,” (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune). Equally adept in classical and jazz contexts, Reid predominantly finds herself in experimental and improvisatory settings and composes for a wide range of instrumentation, from big band to chamber ensemble. Tomeka’s music combines her love for groove along with freer concepts.
Tomeka Reid is an integral part of Dee Alexander’s Evolution Ensemble, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble/Strings, Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) Great Black Music Ensemble, and co-leads the internationally recognized string trio, Hear in. In addition to the aforementioned ensembles, she performs with many of today’s forward thinking musicians in the world of jazz and creative music including George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Jeb Bishop, Myra Melford, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mary Halvorson. Reid also leads her own trio featuring guitarist Matt Schneider and bassist Josh Abrams, for which she composes. Tomeka can be heard on numerous studio recordings.