Kevin Sun

Kevin Sun (b. 1991) is a saxophonist, improvisor, composer, and writer.

Sun’s primary musical vehicle is “Great on Paper” (a.k.a. GOP), which features a typical jazz quartet configuration with a distinctly atypical bent towards the avant-garde and the folkloric. As per its official biography, GOP “taps into the jazz tradition without getting too ideological or self-conscious about it,” and had its premiere performance at Jordan Hall in Boston in April 2014. Aside from performing with GOP, Sun has shared the stage with artists such as Vijay Iyer, James Moody, Kenny Burrell, Dave Liebman, and Rich Perry, among others, and has performed at venues such as Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), Sunside Jazz Club (Paris), Symphony Space (NYC), and Carnegie Hall (NYC).

As a composer, Sun continues to explore open-ended and through-composed musical architectures for quartet and other small configurations. He has also composed for film and radio, as well as spatialized diffusion in electroacoustic settings. “Half-Love Song,” his most recent piece for piano, taped voice, and speaker orchestra, was inspired by T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and was premiered at Thomas Knowles Paine Hall at Harvard University in May 2014.

Sun is currently the editor-in-chief of Jazz Speaks, the official blog of The Jazz Gallery, a not-for-profit jazz cultural center in New York City. He has conducted interviews with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman, Ben Wendel, Steve Lehman, and Linda Oh, among others. He also writes A Horizontal Search, a jazz and literature blog that has been recognized by National Public Radio’s A Blog Supreme and Ethan Iverson’s Do the Math. It can be accessed at: www.thekevinsun.com.

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Location

Boston

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Pedagogical interests include basics of saxophone technique (sound production, articulation, inflection, posture, etc.), idiomatic jazz improvisation (swing, bebop, "post-bop"), and other technical aspects of the contemporary jazz mainstream. Emphasis on transcribing, study of source material, and fundamentals of idiomatic collaborative musicmaking. Also, willing to talk about more flashy stuff, e.g., hexatonic scales, chord substitutions and path-making, intervallic constructions, and other conceptual material. $60/hr, lessons in Boston, MA.

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<3 Bird

Endectomorph Music
2021

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(Un)seaworthy

Endectomorph Music
2020

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Clear Line

Yestereve Records
2020

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The Sustain of Memory

Endectomorph Music
2019

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Mute

Fresh Sound Records
2019

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'Trio'

Endectomorph Music
2018

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Greenlit

From: <3 Bird
By Kevin Sun

The Middle of Tensions I

From: The Sustain of Memory
By Kevin Sun

Find Your Pose

From: 'Trio'
By Kevin Sun

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