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INTERVIEW

Yuhan Su: Sun-Chaser On Vibraphone

Read "Yuhan Su: Sun-Chaser On Vibraphone" reviewed by Jiaowei Hu

Five thousand years ago, the giant Kuafu set out from the East in an impossible pursuit of the Sun. In his endless chase, says the Chinese classic Shan Hai Jing, he swallowed up all the waters of the Yellow and Wei Rivers, yet even these were insufficient to quench Kuafu's thirst. Ultimately, legend has it, Kuafu perished in his pursuit, yet the giant often referred to as “the Chinese Prometheus" remains mythologized for his fortitude, spirit and resolve.

ALBUM REVIEW

Yuhan Su: A Room of One's Own

Read "A Room of One's Own" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Continuity and progress are the watchwords for A Room of One's Own (Inner Circle Music, 2015), Yuhan Su's follow-up to Flying Alone (Inner Circle Music, 2013), her impressive debut for Greg Osby's label. New York-based Taiwanese vibraphonist Su's debut announced a melodic composer of nuance and sensitivity and a soloist of some style. A Room of One's Own bears all the same hallmarks -well-defined tunes, elegant, tightly woven compositional frameworks and fine individual showings. Yet here, Su is working with ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Yuhan Su: A Room of One's Own

Read "A Room of One's Own" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Vibraphonist/composer Yuhan Su says she wrote most of the songs on her second album in tiny piano practice rooms where she spent a great deal of time teaching. That's one part of the meaning of the album title. A Room of One's Own also refers to the Virginia Woolf essay of the same name, which explores the reasons why few women had written fiction, as well as any author's need for personal liberty to create art. A potentially heavy topic, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Yuhan Su: A Room of One's Own

Read "A Room of One's Own" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Vibraphonist and composer Yuhan Su's second release as a leader A Room Of One's Own is an intensely impressionistic work that captivates with its creative energy. Compared to her enchanting debut, Flying Alone (Inner Circle, 2012), the current album is more cohesive with the eleven tracks intricately interlinked. If her first was a series of charming poems around a common theme, her sophomore effort is a single, engaging novel in verse. The mystical ambience of the sublime, three-movement ...

INTERVIEW

Yuhan Su: Good Vibes

Read "Yuhan Su: Good Vibes" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Everybody loves the romance of a comeback: the phoenix-like rise from adversity, long-term exile, obscurity or defeat. Think of US President Abraham Lincoln's travails, boxer George Foreman's regaining the World Heavyweight title at the age of 45, actor Sean Connery's return as Bond, David Bowie's eternal reinvention or, indeed, the peculiar cycles of fashion that have brought back platform boots once more. In jazz terms, saxophonist Charles Lloyd's return from semi-retirement in the 1980s is mythologized, but it surely can't ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Yuhan Su: Flying Alone

Read "Flying Alone" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The vibraphone has experienced a resurgence in recent years, with numerous talented musicians drawing the spotlight to the instrument. Taiwanese vibraphonist Yuhan Su is another notable exponent. Su moved to the United States in 2008 and studied at Berklee under vibraphone players Dave Samuels and Ed Saindon and marimba player Nancy Zeltsman. Her debut as leader impresses on a number of levels, not the least of which is because these sophisticated compositions command the attention throughout the generous 73 minutes.

ALBUM REVIEW

Yuhan Su: Flying Alone

Read "Flying Alone" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Vibraphonist Yuhan Su's debut album Flying Alone is a collection of ten elegant and sophisticated originals that unfold like poems for multiple voices. Her effective yet subtle leadership of her international band allows the instruments to echo and support each other in haunting choruses and contemplative dialogues. The futuristic “Difficulties" builds an intriguing atmosphere with the ebb and flow of guitarist Publio Delgado's electric swells over drummer Deepak Gopinath's angular, spicy and rollicking beats. Su's own darkly ...


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