Currently finishing up her Performance and American Roots Music degree at Berklee College of Music, Sumaia has immersed herself deeply in folk traditions including Old-Time, Jazz and Bluegrass. The rhythmic aspects of her background in old-time and celtic fiddle styles, creates her smooth but driving sound as a fiddler and tune writer.
Sumaia grew up studying classical music in California and about eight years into her studies, she was captivated by traditional Irish and Scottish fiddle music. Throughout her teenage years she attended music camps across the country and has had the opportunity to study with and play with some of the most talented and innovative acoustic musicians in the acoustic music scene now including Jeremy Kittel, Christian Howes, Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, Scott Nygaard, Alasdair Fraser, Billy Contreras, Rushad Eggleston, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger and more.
She is currently touring with Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project as well as her own Boston-based project, Wrong Is Right.
As a photographer she has taken B&W film photography classes as well as classes in digital photography and other visual art. She has done photoshoots for musicians and bands and continues to be open to photography gigs in that realm.