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