ELMARAD | Sun-Mi Hong Quintet, guest Song-Yi Jeon (KR/IT/UK)

Opus Jazz Club
  • Song-Yi Jeon - vocals
  • Nicolo Ricci - tenor saxophone
  • Alistair Payne - trumpet
  • Youngwoo Lee - piano
  • Alessandro Fongaro - double bass
  • Sun-Mi Hong - drums

Dear Opus Guests,
We regret to inform you that the concert is cancelled due to the Hungarian border closures enacted by the Government on September 1. Tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded by InterTicket Kft. Tickets purchased on the spot may be refunded at the BMC Info Desk. Please check our website for further announcements. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate for your understanding.
BMC – Opus Jazz Club

Sun-Mi Hong is considered one of the most exciting emerging drummers composing and band leading in the Netherlands. After touring with such projects as Karel Boehlee Trio, Benjamin Herman and Daahoud Salim Quintet, she is already provoking a large response throughout Europe. Her sound pallet pulls from many diverse sources. A bachelor & master’s degree from the renowned Conservatorium van Amsterdam has seen to a strong and rooted basic in jazz, improvisation and technical ability. However, Sun-Mi’s unique sound and approach comes from much broader sources. With a keen interest in Korean traditional music, she is influenced by the percussions of her country. Alongside this, her compositional style is influenced by impressionistic classical music. In short, Sun-Mi offers up an entirely original and extremely relevant artistic output.

The Sun-Mi Hong Quintet has captured this essence. The band walks the line between elaborate composition and the great void that is improvised music. The Quintet features some of the most enthralling musicians based in the Netherlands. Alessandro Fongaro (double bass) and Youngwoo Lee (piano) make up the rhythm section. A rhythm section that stand as a total unit, with the immense ability to barrel into the twists and turns of improvisation while letting go of predefined rules. Nicolo Ricci (tenor saxophone) and Alistair Payne (trumpet) toy with the rhythm sections capability. Like a wave, both horn players are able to roll in and out of dark melodies and bubbling textures.

At this concert, singer and composer Song YI Jeon, also of South-Korean descent, will join the formation. Song YI Jeon deftly combines modern jazz harmony and odd time signatures with singable melodies that instantly catch the ear of the listener. Song YI showed creative promise from an early age when she starting with Piano, Korean traditional singing, Korean traditional percussion, and drawing. She studied classical composition at the University of Music and Fine Art in Graz, Austria and Jazz vocals at the Music University in Basel, Switzerland and Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA where she developing her unique sound. Through her background in classical composition, she uses her understanding of harmonic structure to create incomparable improvisations. Song YI's music is heavily influenced by instrumental Jazz Music, and her refined compositions have a clear musical direction with her signature 'east meets west' sound.

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