Described as a “New Jazz Power Source” by The New York Times, cellist and composer Tomeka Reid emerged from Chicago’s jazz and improvised music community. Influenced by her work with Nicole Mitchell and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, she has performed in ensembles led by Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Dee Alexander, and Mike Reed. As bandleader of the Tomeka Reid Quartet, she released her eponymous debut recording in 2015, and Old New in 2019. A Foundation of the Arts and 3Arts Awardee, she co-leads the adventurous string trio HEAR in NOW, and in 2013, launched the semi-annual Chicago Jazz String Summit. She received her D.M.A from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and currently serves as the Darius Milhaud chair in composition at Mills College.