Primary Instrument: Vocal
From Seoul, South Korea, and now living in Brooklyn, Seung-Hee is calling attention to her unique voice and striking talent with standout composing, writing and arrangements. A graduate of Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music after first studying French literature, she will be releasing a new album, 'Sketches on the Sky하늘에 그린 그림'. Seung-Hee is a bold, adventurous artist who sings in Korean, English, Portuguese and contributes very distinctive vocalizing on Sketches on the Sky하늘에 그린 그림. The CD features four original compositions including the title track and lyrics she wrote to Charlie Haden’s “Bohm So Ri” and Bill Evans’ “An Eliptical Note,” staking her claim on these artist’s compositions. She illuminates two lesser-known songs by Sting and Stevie Wonder with “Valparaiso” and “Visions,” in addition to taking on “Pra Dizer Adeus,” by Edu Lobo/Torquato Neto. She closes the recording with a poignant version of the Korean children’s song, “By the Sea.” Artist John McNeil co-produced the project.
Singing in English has opened me up to another life that I have built on my own, and a sense of freedom different than I experience when I sing in Korean, because a language carries its own history of the environment it lives in. Singing in vocalese offers me different options to texturize the music focusing on melody and harmony. – Seung-Hee
Seung-Hee has performed with numerous well-known artists including Donny McCaslin, Lionel Loueke, Dominique Eade, Ran Blake, Massimo Biolcati, Alan Ferber. Her debut CD 'Waiting기다림' introduced her to an American audience of jazz fans after garnered her strong attention in Korea. Seung-Hee is dedicated to searching for the endless possibilities that the human voice can create, believing that one’s voice is a simple signature of herself. She teaches her students to find the voice that is true to them. Previously on the faculty at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, she is a certified Somatic Voicework™ teacher who gives private lessons and is a licensed Music Together director in New York City.
Music tells the truth. Music is one's view of the world and life. That is the most powerful thing I have ever experienced. – Seung-Hee
This is a rewarding release from a promising new voice that deserves recognition. Track Listing:Waiting; How Deep Is the Ocean; Snow Day; No One; Blame It On the Sun; So in Love; The Unknown; Afternoon; Fly Away; The Place We All Start. Personnel: Seunh-Hee: vocals; Stephan Kammerer: saxophone; Kevin Thomas: bass; Ronen Itzik: drums. Pete Rende: piano, pump organ.
WAITING by George Harris[All About Jazz] 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.
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.