Fiddler and tunestress Sumaia Jackson weaves together Celtic, old-time, swing, and bluegrass traditions with an easy virtuosity and melodic elegance. Her driving groove and smooth, open sound make her a quintessential modern West Coast fiddler. The Sumaia Jackson Trio will celebrate the release of Jackson’s latest album, “Möbius Trip,” with a show at The Palms Playhouse on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($12 with student ID). According to fiddler and bandleader Darol Anger, Jackson “subsumes precision, imagination, and high intelligence into a hypnotic sound that circles the room with a golden cord of sound.” She brings those qualities to both her solo work and work with other bands including Jayme Stone’s Folklife, with which she appeared at The Palms in April. Born and raised in Santa Cruz and now living in the Bay Area, Sumaia (pronounced “Sue-MY-ah”) Jackson first studied classical violin, surrounding herself with many innovative and inimitable coastal string players. Jackson’s musical path widened during her teenage years as she sought out roots music communities in the Scottish, Appalachian, jazz and bluegrass traditions, and soaked up tunes and styles at vibrant fiddle camps. Those camps remain important to Jackson, and she still attends camps and workshops in the roles of student, teacher, helper, coach and organizer. Jackson received a full scholarship to the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and earned a bachelor’s from the American Roots Music department. Now living in the Bay Area, Jackson tours North America, Europe and the UK with Jayme Stone’s Folklife and Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, playing at the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Celtic Connections, Planet Bluegrass, the Edmonton Folk Festival and more. She is also a member of the Real Vocal String Quartet (recipients of a 2017 Gerbode Special Grant in the Arts) and plays as a duo with award-winning Canadian fiddler Adrianna Ciccone. Jackson drew inspiration for the music on “Möbius Trip” from scenes and stories from her twenty years of music making. The album is full to the brim with dance tunes inspired by giddy wee-hour jams, pieces shaped by clouds on a crisp March day in Halifax, and tunes written in ghost towns in New Mexico’s high desert. This collection celebrates the strength of community, the power of returning home with a heart full of new adventures, and a love for the music that brings us all together. Guitarist Colin Cotter and bassist Mike Gaisbacher will perform with Jackson. Cotter played on “Möbius Trip,” and Jackson and Gaisbacher have played together in other projects. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and sumaiajacksonmusic.com. ]]>
Take a musical "Möbius Trip" with the Sumaia Jackson Trio at The Palms on Friday, May 10
The Sumaia Jackson Trio will celebrate the release of Jackson’s latest album, “Möbius Trip,” with a show at The Palms Playhouse on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m.