Chicago based cellist, composer, and educator, Tomeka Reid is equally adept in classical, jazz experimental, and improvised music. She composes for a wide range of instrumentation, combining her love for groove along with freer concepts.
Ms. Reid is a part of many performing groups including Evolution Ensemble, Black Earth Ensemble/Strings, Loose Assembly, AACM, and Hear in Now, playing all over the world. A shortlist of collaborators includes Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, and Mary Halvorson.
As an educator, she has led improvisation workshops in Italy and the US. She co-directed the 2012 Vancouver Jazz Festival's High School Jazz Intensive and the string program at the University of Chicago's Laboratory School for young people. She is an ABD doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign.
As a composer, she's been commissioned by AACM, Chicago Jazz Festival, and Chicago Jazz Ensemble. She's showcased her work abroad at many festivals. She was a participant in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute 2012 at UCLA.
High Zero artist, Tomeka Reid, will be giving a workshop on Friday, September 15, 2017 in The Music Box at noon. This event is free and open to the public.