Helen Sung, piano
Jeff Reed, bass
Warren Wolf, drums
Pianist/composer Helen Sung has spent most of her life in two distinct worlds. A classical student from a young age who transitioned to jazz in her early twenties, she understands the limitless range and potential of the piano in a way that few specialists in either genre can. In addition, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, Sung embodies two diverse cultures and has discovered a musical voice and identity that are true to both - and more importantly, true to herself.
An active, award-winning composer, Sung was the commissioned composer for West Chester University's 2009 Poetry Conference. She also won a 2009 Chamber Music America Residency Grant, enabling her create and program a jazz residency week at an area school, where students engaged in a multi-disciplinary experience of instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, dance, and visual art. That same year North Coast Brewing Company, maker of Brother Thelonious Belgian ale, commissioned Sung to write a theme song for the beer and appointed her to be the musical director/arranger for its Brother Thelonious Quintet album. Her composition "Brother Thelonious" is also featured on her album Anthem For A New Day.
In 2015, Sung began exploring composing for larger ensembles, winning a spot in the BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop. She won 3rd prize at the Workshop's 2016 Composition Competition, and also arranged/performed a big band arrangement of McCoy Tyner's Four By Five for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's 2016 season opening concerts. This arrangement and performance is featured on the 2017 Blue Engine release Handful of Keys.
Inspired by her experience as one of seven musicians selected for the Thelonious Monk Institute's 1995 inaugural class, Helen stays involved in music education through residencies and workshops/clinics. She has served on the faculties of the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, the Newark Boys Chorus School, and the Berklee College of Music. She is currently a member of the jazz faculties at the Juilliard School and Columbia University.
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