Jason Roebke – Bass
Tomas Fujiwara – Drums
Mary Halvorson – Guitar
Tomeka Reid – Cello
The Tomeka Reid Quartet performs compositions composed by 2017 artist-in-residence Tomeka Reid and featuring Jason Roebke, Tomas Fujiwara, and Mary Halvorson.
Over the last decade Tomeka Reid has emerged as one of the most original, versatile, and curious musicians in the Chicago’s bustling jazz and improvised music community. Her distinctive melodic sensibility, usually braided to a strong sense of groove, has been featured in many distinguished ensembles over the years. She is a key member of ensembles led by legendary reedists such as Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, as well as a younger generation of visionaries including flutist Nicole Mitchell, singer Dee Alexander, and drummer Mike Reed. She’s also a founding member of the adventurous string trio called Hear in Now along with violinist Mazz Swift and bassist Silvia Bolognesi.
Mary Halvorson is one of the most recognizable guitarists of her generation who has a won accolades from both side of the Atlantic, through her own bands and projects with Anthony Braxton, Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, and Ches Smith.
Jason Roebke is a bandleader in his own right, scoring deserved praise with his 2014 debut recording by his octet. He has also served as the harmonic anchor for a host of Chicago bandleaders including Mike Reed, vibist Jason Adasiewicz, clarinetist James Falzone, and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm.
Tomas Fujiwara is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. Fujiwara is an active player in some of the most exciting music of the current generation, including his collaborative duo with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum; the collective trio Thumbscrew (with Mary Halvorson and Michael Formanek); and appearances alongside forward thinking peers such as Matana Roberts and Nicole Mitchell.
The Tomeka Reid Quartet is made possible, in part, by the Jerome Foundation.
The Jerome Foundation, a long-time supporter of new works, was a mainstay in Roulette’s early development. Its steadfast support for more than 30 years enables us to continue to present exciting, ambitious compositions by promising emerging artists. Each year, the Jerome Foundation supports five artist residencies and four commissions at Roulette.