Sun-Mi Hong Quintet
Nicolo Ricci -tenor saxofoon, Alistair Payne –trompet, Young-Woo Lee –piano, Alessandro Fongaro-bas, Sun-Mi Hong -drums & compositiegast: Song-Yi Jeon stem & effecten
Second Page: A Self-Strewn Portrait
Sun-Mi Hong is considered one of the most exciting drummers based in Europe. After the debut album launch in 2017, her quintet has become a recognized and award winning ensemble that stretches the sonic envelope. Sitting on the periphery of tradition while often dipping her toes into the avant-garde, Sun-Mi is set on delivering a highly personal second album.
A Self-Strewn Portrait
The album itself is aiming to toy with the emotions of the listener, as if walking through life’s swings and roundabouts. The compositions reflect moments of Sun-mi’s past told in a present tense. These moments are not told through the actions of what happened, but more the feelings that happened. Sun-Mi is quite open with the fact that moving to Europe was a struggle in many ways. But also simply the greatest and most rewarding decision she ever made. This struggle colliding with the sheer elation of feeling welcome is reflected in the song writing.
A Self-Strewn Portrait has an air of premeditation around it. Although much of the music creation was left up to the moment, Sun-Mi etched a hypothetical line through everything that was recorded. It was a clear aim from the beginning of the process that this album would sound like an album as a whole, as opposed to individual songs.
“It was a deep journey with pools of light in amongst the dense layers of sound.” – Paul Pace [Ronnie Scott’s]
“Dit album laat zich integraal beluisteren als een gedroomde suite, lyrisch en eerlijk tegelijk; een indrukwekkend visitekaartje van nu al één van de opmerkelijkste ensembles in de hedendaagse jazz.” – Jazznu
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Date(s) - woensdag 4 november 2020