In conjunction with the High Zero festival of experimental improvised music, the Department of Music presents a workshop by Chicago based cellist, composer, and educator Tomeka Reid, who is equally adept in classical, jazz experimental, and improvised music. She composes for a wide range of instrumentation, combining her love for groove with freer concepts.
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 United States. 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 at Urbana-Champaign. As a composer, she has been commissioned by AACM, Chicago Jazz Festival, and Chicago Jazz Ensemble, has showcased her work abroad at many festivals, and was a participant in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute 2012 at UCLA.
The workshop is open to the public, and admission is free.
Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is available in the Administration Drive Garage — please see here for additional information.
Open Year Round: