Hye Seon Hong
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 6 pm (Doors 5 pm)
Birdland Jazz Club
(315 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036)
Leader/Composer: Hyeseon Hong
Singer: Ej Park
Bryan Davis / Ingrid Jensen / Jason Wiseman / Colin Brigstocke
Ron Wilkens / Jack Davis / Becca Patterson
Ben Kono / Matt Vashlishan / Adam Kolker / Jeremy Powell / Andrew Hadro
Guitar: Matt Panayides
Piano: Broc Hempel
Bass: John Lenis
Drums: Mark Ferber
On October 22nd, the Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra will be performing music from her recently released album “Ee-Ya-Gi” at Birdland in NYC. Her Orchestra features some of the best players on the scene today featuring the soloists Ingrid Jensen on trumpet.
Hong’s debut big band CD, which was funded in part by the prestigious Copland Grant, is a dialog between her Korean culture and the culture of the west. The composer blends elements of classical music, modern jazz big band, and Korean traditional music to create a sound that is at once familiar but brand new and thoroughly compelling. Her compositions feature beautiful melodies with harmonically-rich, impressionistic backgrounds.
“The best from East and West in a combination wholly unique – beautiful, musical, superb ensemble work”
“She successfully mixes elements of classical music, modern big band jazz and traditional Korean music to create a compelling and rich tapestry of sound.”
“Engagingly expansive and original…”
“An enticingly colourful and energetic debut.”
“Outstanding production… within the genre of big band music, yet the combination of Western and Asian tradition is successful.”
“The 17-piece ensemble directed by Hyeseon plays with bite and assurance, the melodic strains – lyrical, plaintive, lively – are underpinned by rhythms from Asia and the Americas… This should have wide appeal among fans of today’s jazz.”
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.birdlandjazz.com/attraction/hye+seon+hong/.