Emy Tseng

Those seeking superlative jazz music must experience Emy Tseng, through her rejuvenated and incisive interpretations of authentic modern and Brazilian jazz, delightfully complemented by her elegant voice and delicate delivery. Collaborating with the finest Brazilian jazz musicians in Washington DC, Tseng showcases an exquisite fusion of the genre and eclectic arrangements of standards. With a tranquil and wistful performance, Tseng leaves an inimitable, personal impression on an exciting collection of tunes, exploring the works of Brazil’s most sophisticated composers. Performing in Portuguese and English, she thrives on her precise intonation and phrasing aboard her music's peacefully fashioned ambiance.

Emy Tseng’s background in Brazilian music is extensively well-rounded, having studied with world- renowned Brazilian musicians: pianist Marcos Silva (Flora Purim & Airto) at the Jazz School in Berkeley, CA and bassist Nilson Matta (Trio da Paz, Joe Henderson) in New York. She had fallen in love with Brazilian jazz and bossa nova when she heard Brazilian singers such as Paula Morelenbaum and Luciana Souza. Tseng’s poetic vocal expression is now both longing and blissful, building upon Brazilian rhythms and melodies genuinely and vivaciously.

Coming to Washington DC in 2009, Emy was pleasantly surprised to discover there was a very active Brazilian jazz community. By guiding and encouraging her to record and improve upon her show, she has now established herself as a foremost interpreter of modern and Brazilian jazz, performing alongside her bands of acoustic guitarists, bass players, and percussionists residing in the DC and NY areas.

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”Tseng possesses vocal restraint and a delicate delivery that is elegant, beautiful—and passionate...Tseng's ability to translate emotion from foreign language is superb. Her intonation and phrasing are deadly accurate across the date.” Nicholas F. Mondello, All About Jazz

“...she has the charm, knowledge, technique, and creativity to make her a real contender.” Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

“... Emy Tseng is real. A remarkably clear voice. An adept student working hard at her craft. More than that, a gifted artist starting on a long path.” Brian Arsenault, International Review of Music

“Sure of pitch and full of nuance, she really gets Brazilian rhythms, and vivaciously gives them their due.” Rad Bennett, Ultra Audio




Self Produced



Self Produced



From: Sonho
By Emy Tseng


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