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Youn Sun Nah: Lento

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Youn Sun Nah's rejection of a multi-record deal with French outfit Label Bleu to preserve her artistic freedom indicated that a change was in the air, following five recordings with her French 5tet band. Signed up by German label ACT, Nah released two critically and commercially successful albums, Voyage (2009) and Same Girl (2010), with the ...

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Francesca Han: Ascetic

Read "Ascetic" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Coming just a few months after the striking Illusion (Audioguy, 2012)--a vibrant trio recording featuring guest trumpeter Ralph Alessi--pianist Francesca Han's first recorded foray into the world of solo piano reveals a musician in a rich vein of form indeed. Stemming from the Illusion sessions, eight of the ten tracks are the fruit of an impromptu ...

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Francesca Han: Right Music, Right Time

Read "Francesca Han: Right Music, Right Time" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Korea has never been more fashionable, leading the way in technological advances and dictating hair styles, television viewing, eye shape and pop music trends across Asia and beyond. The mindboggling response to singer PSY's song “Gangnam Style," with over a billion hits on You Tube, epitomizes the phenomena of the so-called “Korean Wave." Fewer people, inevitably, ...

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Francesca Han: Illusion

Read "Illusion" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Pianist Francesca Han's music contains a certain duality. She's a classical and improvising jazz pianist with one foot in the jazz tradition and the other wedged firmly in the door of contemporary jazz. An established jazz musician in South Korea, Han acquired new vocabulary studying and playing in New York, where she also collaborated with composer ...

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2010 Jarasum Jazz Festival, Gapeyong, South Korea

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Jarasum International Jazz Festival Jarasum Island, Gapeyong, South KoreaOctober 15-17, 2010 Jarasum International Jazz Festival was almost washed out by rain in its first edition in 2004, and after only three editions founder and director J.J. In--South Korea's premier concert promoter--took the bold step of selling his house to meet debts and ...


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