Japanese-American and African-American by background, Sumi Tonooka has also broken new ground in her extended compositions blending Japanese musical instrumentation with jazz. Her 1988 work, “Out from the Silence,” for koto, shakuhachi, and jazz ensemble, was commissioned by the Japanese-American Citizens League to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the World War II–era internment of Japanese-Americans. JazzTimes called the music “spellbinding.” In 1993 a commission from Meet the Composer and an NEA Jazz Fellowship enabled Ms. Tonooka to continue exploring new musical territory combining Eastern and Western musical idioms. In December, 1993, this led to the New York premiere of the Taiko Jazz Project, wherein 8 interrelated pieces based on the I Ching were scored to feature taiko master Kenny Endo, together with some of the most highly respected players in jazz. Since then, the Taiko Jazz Project has appeared on both coasts in trio and sextet aggregations. Tonooka’s career has been chronicled on several highly regarded jazz books, including Living The Jazz Life by Royal Stokes, ln The Moment by Francis Davis, and Madamme Jazz by Leslie Gourse (all on Oxford University Press). She now divides her time between composing, teaching, and performing for an increasingly widespread audience of jazz aficionados who have discovered her wide ranging talents.
o Secret Places
With Rufus Reid (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums). Joken Records, 1998.
o Here Comes Kai
With Rufus Reid (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums). Candid Productions Ltd., 1992.
o Taking Time
With Craig Handy (saxophones), Rufus Reid (bass), and Akira Tana (drums). Candid Productions Ltd., 1991.
o With an Open Heart
With Rufus Reid (bass) and Akira Tana (drums). Radiant Records, 1990
As a Collaborator
o Kindred Spirits
With John Blake, Jr. (violin). Spirit Records, 2000
As an Ensemble Pianist
o Bobby Zankel — Seeking Spirit
Bobby Zankel, saxophones. Cadence Jazz, 1991.
o John Blake — A New Beginning
John Blake Jr., Violin. Radiant Records, 1988.
Sumi Tonooka signed with ‘ASR Records in 2004.
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