After first hearing traditional fiddle music in her early teens, Sumaia Jackson began to seek out an Irish and Scottish fiddle community in her hometown of Santa Cruz, CA. A few years into her study, she discovered other roots music traditions such as Appalachian Old Time, Bluegrass, and more recently, Jazz. At age 20, she arrived at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she continues to immerse herself in the rich traditions of American folk music. During her time at Berklee, she has had the privilege of studying with renowned fiddlers Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Casey Driessen, and more, as well as innovative jazz violinists, Jason Anick and Rob Thomas. As a fiddle player, Sumaia will always be caught exploring the convergence of many styles that breed modern fiddling. With command of her tone and elegance in melody, Sumaia’s fiddle playing is both smooth and driving.