Drummer and composer Sun-Mi Hong makes her K-music debut. The concert is also part of the EFG London Jazz Festival and features Ant Law and Alex Hitchcock who open the evening.
K-music 2022: Sun-Mi Hong | Ant Law + Alex Hitchcock
Drummer Sun-Mi Hong was born in Incheon, Korea, but moved to Amsterdam to study at the Conservatoire and is now well established in the Dutch jazz scene, with a distinct style combining rooted groove with well-tempered outbursts.
Her award-winning album ‘A Self-Strewn Portrait’ came out in 2021 and she releases a new album with her quintet, Third Page: Resonance, in November on Edition Records.
Alistair Payne (trumpet),
Alessandro Fongaro (bass),
Sun-Mi Hong (drums & composition),
Nicolo Ricci (tenor saxophone)
Young-Woo Lee (piano).
“Sun Mi Hong is one of the most promising young jazz artists in the Netherlands. Her music balances between jazz, impressionism and the Korean tradition” BIMHUIS
The opening set comes from jazz duo Ant Law & Alex Hitchcock
“We are delighted to share this LJF stage with one of our favourite drummers Sun-Mi!”
Ant and Alex celebrate the release of their new album Same Moon in the Same World. Recorded across multiple continents – bridging the gap between London and Tel-Aviv, Amsterdam and New York – a stellar cast of musicians perform new compositions: vibraphonist Joel Ross, bassists Linda May Han Oh, Ben Williams and Jasper Høiby, and drummers Jeff Ballard, Kendrick Scott, Eric Harland and Sun-Mi Hong!
The album takes its name from a line in Haruki Murakami’s 1999 novel Sputnik Sweetheart
‘We’re both looking at the same moon, in the same world. We’re connected to reality by the same line. All I have to do is quietly draw it towards me.’
The inspiration of the album is the idea that, whilst we may be in separate places geographically, we have shared truths: musical language, human experience, emotions. From our unique vantage points, we are all staring at the same moon. The common experience of the pandemic has emphasised the importance of human connection, and it is in this spirit that the music was composed and recorded. The artists on this album were brought together by the very conditions that were keeping people apart.
A major statement representing Hitchcock and Law’s most expansive and fully-realised work to date, Same Moon documents genuine creativity and connection in a time of unprecedented restriction and atomisation. Acclaimed as composers as well as instrumentalists, sharing multiple awards, an Ivor Novello nomination and seven albums as leaders between them, Hitchcock and Law have created a startlingly vivid and mature soundworld, brought to life by a carefully-curated selection of the world’s most distinctive and virtuosic improvisors.
As part of EFG London Jazz Festival & K-Music, London’s Festival of Korean Music