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Helen Sung — Piano

Helen Sung

Award-winning jazz pianist/composer Helen Sung is pioneering her own path: as an Asian-American artist, she challenges stereotypes with a singular voice informed by her virtuosity in classical, jazz, & popular music. An aspiring classical pianist before “a Tommy Flanagan solo changed everything,” Sung is a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and has gone on to work with such jazz luminaries as Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Steve Turre, and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter. She can currently be seen performing with the Mingus Big Band, Terri Lyne Carrington, and T.S.Monk.

Sung is also a noted bandleader with several critically acclaimed albums – Going Express, her 2nd CD on Sunnyside Records, was released in September 2010. Sungbird after Albéniz, a jazz-classical adventure, was hailed “a real winner” (All About Jazz), a “seamless recording in which one composer’s contributions complement the other’s.” (BillBoard).  She has been featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, NPR’s JazzSet, and in such publications as Downbeat, JazzTimes, and Keyboard. With recent appearances at the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival, Seattle’s Earshot Festival; the Fontana Chamber Arts Summer Festival; the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Festival (where she won the Piano Competition); and duo concerts with master bassist Ron Carter, Sung is poised for the international stage – her NuGenerations project toured southern Africa as a US State Department-Rhythm Road ensemble, and her trio was featured at the Kalisz International Jazz Piano Festival (Poland) and Jazz Lucca Donna Festival (Italy).

Sung’s rich experience at the Monk Institute inspires her to remain involved with music education through clinics and workshops.  She also produced a jazz residency program (made possible by a Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant) benefiting underserved youth in Camden, NJ. 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.” (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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