10 Fingers: Tomeka Reid

By Hannah Dexter

Tomeka Reid

1) What music do you listen to when you’re feeling thoughtful?
Violinist Michael White’s Pneuma record from 1972. I love the whole vibe of the record and the positivity it speaks.

2) What is your favorite music to dance to?
That’s a tough one as I actually really love dancing. I still do pretty much the same thing I did when I would come home after school in junior high/high school. When I get home I usually dance around the house for about 30 minutes!! LOL! I love late 90′s hip hop, Earth Wind and Fire and high life music! And of course House music!!

3) What’s a profound moment you had teaching/receiving a lesson or in a class?
Really understanding that you have to try. And learning to embrace outcomes whatever they maybe. But that you always have to try. Some things might work. Some things might not. In either case you will learn something valuable as it’s often more about the journey to the goal than the goal itself.

4) Who is a young musician that we should be looking out for?
Tyshawn Sorrey! (This is the second time someone has said Tyshawn in our interviews!)
Ingrid Laubrock!

5) What music from your childhood has stuck with you?
Wow. LOL! I would have to say the Smiths and Elvis Costello.

6) What was the first album you bought with your own money?
Ravel‘s Bolero. I was obsessed with this piece for a while in Junior high!

7) What song did you have stuck in your head today?
Changes by Jimi Hendrix. Totally blasted it in the car on the way to doing my errands this morning.

8) What’s your favorite basement chilling album?
Can I list 3?!?! Jeff Parker’s Like Coping, Digable Planets’ Blowout Comb, and Anything by Jimi Hendrix.

9) If you could see any 5 musicians perform, alive or dead, who would they be?
I’m going to only include people I have never seen: Abdul Wadud, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Mstivslav Rostropovich, and Sun Ra.

I just realized these are all men. But they were honestly the first that popped into my head. I have been fortunate seen many of the female artists that I would have wanted to see though! And I have had the opportunity to play with many great ones too…Nicole Mitchell, Dee Alexander, Mazz Swift, Silvia Bolognesi, Katie Young, Ann Ward, Ingrid Laubrock and many others!!

10) Who is your favorite musician to play with?
That’s another tough question. I feel so blessed to play with all of the many amazing musicians that the universe has put in my midst that’s it’s kind of hard to say. I know that I would really love to play in a group playing the music of Henry Threadgill some day. I love his writing!

Until next time,
Write sisters, write!
– Hannah

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