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Korean Jazz Singer Youn Sun Nah Interviewed at AAJ

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Since she moved to Paris in 1995, Korean jazz singer Youn Sun Nah has won over French and Korean audiences alike with her rather special voice; dramatic, sensuous and bluesy, it is a tantalizing cross between Hacke Bjorksten and Melody Gardot. Hers is a jazz soul.



For years, she led the Youn Sun Nah 5Tet and has recorded a half-dozen CDs. The most recent, Voyage (ACT, 2009), sees her backed by some of Europe's finest jazz musicians, including Ulf Wakenius, Lars Danielsson and Mathias Eick. The French government honored her with a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres award in recognition of her contribution to the arts, and she is beginning to attract attention beyond her adopted country (she made her London debut at the Vortex in May 2009)--not bad for someone who, just before leaving Seoul for Paris in '95, asked a friend, “What is jazz?"

AAJ Contributor Ian Patterson spoke with Nah about her collaborations with Danielsson, Eick and Wakenius, and how a Korean woman unfamiliar with jazz has now become one of Europe's most intriguing up-and-comers.

Check out Youn Sun Nah: Seoul to Soul at AAJ today!

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