Her remarkable vocal prowess have earned Korean songstress Youn Sun Nah admiration and recognition around the world. Her ability to sing songs ranging from Jazz to Classic through Folk and Fusion with emotion, traversing the vocal spectrum effortlessly reaches the extent where she’s not just another vocalist, she’s a musical instrument.
She started with a strong musical heritage (her father is a music conductor and her mother a musical actress), progressed with working at a joint concert collaborating with the Korean Symphony Orchestra and enahnced it studying Jazz and French Chanson at the legendary CIM Jazz School as well as the National Music Institute of Beauvais and the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Conservatoire.
She has now gone around the world and back to perform at the most prestigious musical festival from the USA (Jazz at Lincoln Center) and Canada (TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival) to South Korea (Jarasum International Jazz Festival) and Indonesia (Java Jazz Festival) through Germany (Klangvokal Musikfestival), France (Printemps de Bourges) and Finland (Pori Jazz) to list a very few.
Youn Sun Nah is this year's winner of the Sejong Munhwasang, an award for her services and positive contribution and achievement in advancing Korean culture and will receive it from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. She will no doubt be adding it to a long list of these awards including azz Vocal Award from the Académie du Jazz in France, Korean Music Award, Echo Award in Germany …and the French insignia of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”.
She is currently working on a collaboration with Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius as a duo and also as a quartet when they are joined by French accordionist Vincent Peirani and double bass player Simon Tailleu.
Youn Sun Nah in songs