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The Helen Sung Quintet LIVE at Smoke!

September 24, 2011

Helen Sung has been featured on Marian McPartland’s acclaimed Piano Jazz show, NPR’s JazzSet w/DeeDee Bridgewater, and in such publications as Downbeat, JazzTimes, Keyboard, and JazzIz. With recent appearances at the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival, Seattle’s Earshot Festival; Fontana Chamber Arts Summer Festival; the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Festival; the Clifford Brown Festival; and special duo concerts with master bassist Ron Carter, she is also poised for the international stage: Sung’s “NuGenerations” project toured southern Africa as a 2009 US State Department-Rhythm Road ensemble, and her trio was featured at the Kalisz International Jazz Piano Festival and Jazz Lucca Donna Festival.

Her experience at the Monk Institute inspires her to stay involved with music education through working with arts organizations and conducting workshops & clinics. Sung was also a recipient of a Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation Grant, enabling her to produce a jazz residency program for underserved youth.

As a composer, Sung has completed commissions for the West Chester University Poetry Conference and arts organization JazzReach, and she was selected as a 2010 NYC Spaces/Con Edison Composer-in-Residence at Flushing Town Hall. In performance, Sung welcomes “listeners into her world: a place of passion, adventure and drama, and truckloads of rhythm…taking audiences for a ride they won’t soon forget.” And tonight she’s at SMOKE Jazz Club. See you there!

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