Tomeka Reid cellist, composer
Cellist, composer, educator and improviser, Tomeka Reid has been described as “a remarkably versatile player,” (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune). A highly sought-after musician, Ms. Reid has performed at numerous venues internationally and nationally with groups such as the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) Great Black Music Ensemble, Dee Alexander’s Evolution Ensemble, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly, Hear in Now, Denis Fournier’s Watershed as well as several other exciting ad-hoc groups. Ms. Reid has had the opportunity to perform with a myriad of forward thinking musicians including Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Myra Melford, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nicole Mitchell, Daniel Levin, Dee Alexander, Mike Reed, Mary Halvorson, Ingrid Laubrock, Didier Petit, Edward Wilkerson, Jeb Bishop, Wilbert de Joode, Denis Fournier, Hamid Drake, and Harrison Bankhead and leads her own trio featuring guitarist Matt Schneider and bassist Josh Abrams. In addition, Ms. Reid can be found on several recordings with many of the above mentioned musicians.
As a composer, Ms. Reid has been commissioned by the AACM, the Chicago Jazz Festival and most recently the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and has had several opportunities to showcase her work internationally. Ms. Reid also composes for the collaborative ensemble Hear in Now as well as the Reid Trio. She has been nominated and awarded residencies for composition with the Ragdale Foundation and the 2nd Annual Make Jazz Fellowship hosted by the 18th Street Arts Organization. Also, Ms. Reid was selected as a 2012 participant in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute held at the University of California: Los Angeles
Ms. Reid has led string improvisation workshops in Italy and the US. Most recently she co-directed the Vancouver Jazz Festival’s High School Intensive (2012). For 7 years, Ms. Reid co-directed the string program at the University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools for students grade 5 thru 12. Ms. Reid is also an ABD doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign.