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Meg Okura

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Violinist/composer, Meg Okura successfully blends the musical cultures of East and West for a new direction in modern jazz.
Her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble has been hailed by the New York Times as “vibrant” and “sophisticated.” PACJE has released three albums to date, and a forthcoming Ima Ima (2018) to critical acclaim. The ensemble has appeared internationally at venues like The Lincoln Center, NY Winter Jazz Fest, Knitting Factory, Rubin Museum, Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, as well as sold out concerts In Japan, and the KL Jazz Festival in Malaysia.<br>Formerly a concert violinist, Okura made her U.S. solo debut at the Kennedy Center with the late Alexander Schneider’s New York String Orchestra. She then moved to New York City and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical violin from The Julliard School. Advancing her career as a jazz violinist while at the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, Okura was <g class="gr_ gr_22 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="22" data-gr-id="22">soloist</g> and the concertmaster for the orchestra backing up Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, and Terence Blanchard, under the batons of music icons as Quincy Jones, Jerry Goldsmith, and Jack Elliot.
Okura has appeared on recordings with a wide range of artists including David Bowie, Lee Konitz, Diane Reeves, Heidi Grand-Murphy, Sam Newsome, Jesse Harris, Jeremy Pelt, Ziggy Marley, Terrance Haward, Cirque du Soleil and many more. She has toured internationally with the late Michael Brecker, Steve Swallow, Tom Harrell and others.<br>

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