04.15.13"Sketches On The Sky" reviewed on TOKYO JAZZ REVIEW
By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review
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Translation will be uploaded soon.
04.13.13"Sketches On The Sky" reviewed on ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Brooklyn-based jazz vocalist Seung-Hee possesses the composure of a seasoned chanteuse while demonstrating broader qualities that contain refined arranging skills, classical training, and multilingual singing. The South Korean native represents a soulfully empathetic performer and a composer who's not afraid to take chances as witnessed in Sketches on the Sky, the follow up to 2009's memorable self-produced debut, Waiting.
With a top-notch band that includes the brown-toned reeds of Adam Kolker and rising pianist Frank LoCrasto, Seung-Hee offers an eclectic mix with new material and unique covers such as Charlie Haden's "Bohm So Ri" now colored with Korean lyrics. "Sketch Part I" begins the set with a chamber-esque theme that switches tempos and lifts to the skies with unison voice/instrumental acrobatics, and jubilant swinging solos held in check by bassist Ike Sturm and drummer George Schuller. It's followed by "I'll Be Here" where Seung-Hee's lyrics exude bittersweet longing and graceful symmetry with Sturm's affecting arco.
Seung-Hee's fearlessness is displayed in the unique versioning of Stevie Wonder's "Vision" or when tackling the Edu Lobo Brazilian classic "Pra Dizer Adeus." She not only balances different languages but also the ability to use her voice as an expressive instrument that rivals Kolker's tenor flights in Bill Evans's "An Elliptical Note." Her artistry and passion for music is infectious throughout the set, culminating with the charming children's song "By the Sea."
Track Listing: Sketch Part I; I'll Be Here; Winter and Then; Bohm So Ri; Sketch Part II; Pra Dizer Adeus;Visions; An elliptical note; Valparaiso; By the Sea.
Personnel: Seung-Hee: voice, compositions and arrangements; Adam Kolker: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Frank LoCrasto: piano; Ike Sturm: bass; George Schuller: drums.
03.08.13"Sketches On The Sky" reviewed on Jazz Times in March 2013 issue
Growing up in Seoul, Seung-Hee's only exposure to anything approaching jazz singing happened around Chistmastime, when her parents would play seasonal albums by Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Moving Stateside, she more than made up for the gaps in her jazz knowledge, earning degrees from Berklee and New England Conservatory and performing alongside the likes of Ran Blake, Lionel Loueke and Dominique Eade. Her deep appreciation for jazz harmony and her compositional skills were ably exhibited five years ago on her debut album, 'Waiting', but reach full flower throughout the boldly variegated 'Sketches On The Sky'.
She opens with the wordless “Sketch Part I," a sweeping exercise that showcases the purity of a voice as haunting as it is arresting. The wordless adventure turns darker, almost threatening, on “Winter and Then," before returning to its unbridled whirls through the nine-minute "Sketch, Part II."
Seung-Hee’s lyrical explorations prove even more imaginative. Fitting Korean lyrics to Charlie Haden’s “Bohm So Ri," she shapes a slow-meling, softly budding answer to ‘Winter and Then’ and, writing in English, beautifully pairs Bill Evans’ “An Elliptical Note" with gently undulating free verse. For covers, she opts for lesser-known selections from Stevie Wonder and Sting, demonstrating impressive soulfulness on Wonder's "Visions" and ably probing the wide horizons of Sting's "Valparaiso." Most unexpected is her deftness in Portuguese, echoing Elis Regina on Edu Lobo's mournful "Pra Dizer Adeus."
02.25.13JJA memberW. Royal Stokes, Ph.D. included 'Sketches On the Sky' in his list
Jazz Journalist Associations member has listed 'Sketches On The Sky' in his list of best/notable releases of 2012.
02.01.13'Sketches On The Sky' reviewed on MMJAZZ Magazine February 2013 issue
a Korean MMJAZZ Magazine reviews 'Sketches On The Sky' in its February 2013 issue.
The translation will be posted soon.
01.01.13'Sketches On The Sky' reviewed on JAZZ PEOPLE Magazine January 2013 issue
a reputable Korean jazz magazine, JAZZ PEOPLE reviews 'Sketches On The Sky' in its January 2013 issue.
The translation will be posted soon.
12.18.12'Waiting' & 'Sketches On The Sky' at Dusty Groove in Chicago
I'm thrilled to announce that both of my CDs, 'Waiting' & 'Sketches On The Sky' will be available for purchase at the super-hip CD store in Chicago.
Please click the link to see more~
12.09.12CD RELEASE PARTY !
CD RELEASE PARTY at CORNELIA STREET CAFE
December 9th 8:30pm&10pm
I am very excited to announce we will be celebrating new release of CD, Sketches On The Sky at this historic jazz venue in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City.
Come join us !
12.07.12Time Out New York
Time Out New York says:
Supple-voiced Korean jazz vocalist Seung-Hee celebrates Sketches on the Sky, an elegant new CD featuring original pieces and reworked covers.
Sun Dec 9
Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia St, (between Bleecker and W 4th Sts), New York, New York, 10014
$10 plus $10 minimum
12.06.12The Epoch Times previews Seung-Hee's CD release on Dec. 9th
Go ahead and click the link to see the preview!
11.15.12New CD, 'Sketches On The Sky' available for purchase in Korea on Dec. 1st
New CD, 'Sketches On The Sky' will be available for online-sales from Nov. 26th & store-sales from Dec. 1st in Korea.
A few popular online shops include:
-KyoboBook site, http://www.kyobobook.co.kr/
A few specialized mp3 online stores include:
11.10.12New CD, 'Sketches On The Sky' will be available in USA on Nov. 26th
New CD, 'Sketches On The Sky' will be available for purchase in USA from Nov. 26th at following online stores:
more to be announced !
10.30.12Seung-Hee's performances in NYC & Korea
Celebrating Seung-Hee's new recording, 'Sketches On The Sky' available for purchase in USA and Korea from November 26th, she will be on various shows in the month of December in NYC and Seoul. Please see the itinerary for details.
Feel free to drop a line in the guestbook or friend her on Facebook.
Thank you very much for your support !
07.09.10SH Quintet for this summer hand-picked by Korea Daily
KOREAN FEMALE JAZZ TROIKA in NYC
04.27.10Korean Culture NY has listed my quintet's show on their event page
CLICK ON THE TITLE TO OPEN THE LINK.
Inaugurated in 1979 under the authority of the Korean Consulate General in New York, the Korean Cultural Service works to broaden understanding of Korea and Korea-U.S. relations through cultural and academic activities. The Cultural Service sponsors and hosts many different types of activities, including art exhibits, film screenings, traditional Korean music and dance events, Korean food festivals, lectures, youth activities, and sporting events. The Cultural Service also provides information on Korea - U.S. relations and assists exchange programs between the two countries.
04.27.10First Friday of every month with Seung-Hee Quintet
I am very happy to announce that my quintet will be performing at this new venue in Manhattan midtown east side on the First Friday of every month.
Click on the title to go to their web site to see the schedule for all the shows.
04.19.10Korea Daily has printed an article on Seung-Hee and her quintet
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This is a writeup for my upcoming show at Miles' Cafe on May 7th, Friday at 8pm.
The show will run two sets at 8pm &9:30pm
Click on 'Itinerary' for details.
02.14.10Salute Lunar Happy New Year !
Koreans and Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Here is a second chance to have a fresh start.
The SoRieN trio will be performing at MOIM to celebrate Lunar New Year, Feb. 14, 2010
Seung-Hee+Andrew Green+Ben Kono
Come and hang, eat Korean New Year food for good fortune. 위하여 !
Click on 'Itinerary' for details.
01.20.10New Recording Project is underway
Thanks to such talented musicians who I have had chances to bring life to my music.
Seung-Hee Quintet Recording No.2 is shaping up beautifully.
Stay tuned for more news !
Seung-Hee Quintet "Winter and then" with
Adam Kolker on tenor sax. and bass clarinet, Frank LoCrasto on piano, Ike Sturm on bass and George Schuller on drums.
12.10.09New Year's Eve
Come celebrate New Year's Eve with us !
Nate Radley, guitar
Matt Pavolka, bass
@MOIM (206 Garfield Pl. @7th Ave. Park Slope, Brooklyn)
New Year's Eve special 3 course pre-fixe for $20.10
Recommend to make reservation 718-499-8092
MOIM is an exquisite restaurant which has been selected for 'Korean Cuisine to the World Campaign by the government of South Korea with Top rating 2009 by Zagat.
Check out their web site more more info.
08.23.09CD review from All About Jazz, Bay Area/Chicago issued in August 2009
Seung-Hee Quintet's CD 'Waiting' reviewed by George Harris
Seung-Hee is a vocalist who is actually doing something original with jazz. Korean born and New York based, Seung-Hee has released 'Waiting', a collection of original compositions that mix post-bop jazz with home grown melodies and harmonies. What is more, she takes some American tunes and adds a dash of Asian spice to them, bringing out new flavors and scents. Seung-Hee's voice has a Luciana Souza earthiness to it, such as on the yearning title track that features her wordless vocals. More intriguing still is the way she creates multiple layers of vocals that stagger in and out of sync on tunes like 'No One' and 'Fly Away'. Her voice ricochets off the snapping bop beat like light bouncing off of a prism. She uses her native language to aural effect on the brooding 'Snow Day', while her take of Stevie Wonder's 'Blame it on the Sun' features her in a duet with bassist Kevin Thomas that has folk nuances, like gentle shades allowing sun to gleam through. Seung-Hee's take of 'How Deep is the Ocean' has fascinatingly complex rhythm patterns that contrast with her laid back vocals, mixing the two together like an exotic hot and sweet sauce. Completely original, yet alarmingly accessible, Seung-Hee is a singer to look for. Her 'Waiting' is worth the effort.
All About Jazz, Bay Area/Chicago issued in August 2009
06.05.09Thank you for coming to the show @ Cornelia St. Cafe last night !
It was absolutely mind-blowing show last night.
If you couldn't make it that night, you can still come to Brooklyn Lyceum to see us on Sunday night, June 7th. We'll be playing 2 sets @9&10:30pm. Details on 'shows' page.
05.19.09CD review by Mark F. Turner on AAJ NY
The recording 'Waiting' has been reviewed on All About Jazz with beautiful words by Mark F. Turner. Please check this out !
05.23.08every Wednesday night 7:30-10:30pm
Seung-Hee Trio will be playing at Pane e Vino, Italian restaurant in Carroll Garden on Smith St. Come by, bring your horn, or simply hang out with us.
Pane e Vino @174 Smith St. Brooklyn NY 11201
Take F train to 'Bergen St' stop and walk one and half block
Call for reservation 718-501-1010
04.10.08CD Release Party for Seung-Hee's debut album 'Waiting'
Pete Rende, piano/pump organ
Kevin Thomas, bass
RJ Miller, drums
Matt Renzi, ten. sax/bass clarinet
Come join us to celebrate the debut album of WAITING with Seung-Hee and her band
02.22.08You can purchase her debut album 'WAITING' at the following online stores.