Helen Sung

Helen Sung


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Helen Sung is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer. Named a
Steinway Artist in 2020, she eschewed her classical piano upbringing after a chance encounter with jazz as an undergraduate. Helen went on to become part of the inaugural class of the Thelonious Monk Institute (now the Herbie Hancock Institute) at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her recent releases Sung With Words, a collaborative project with internationally acclaimed poet Dana Gioia funded by a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant, and Anthem For A New Day (Concord Jazz), topped the jazz charts. Helen and her band have performed at major American festivals and venues including Newport, Monterey, Disney Hall, SFJAZZ, and Carnegie Hall. Internationally, her “NuGenerations" Project toured southern Africa as a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, and recent engagements include debuts at the London Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, Blue Note Beijing, and the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival. She has worked with such luminaries as the late Clark Terry, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis (who named her as one of his "Who's Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch!"), MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, and Grammy-winning artists including Terri Lyne Carrington and Cecile McLorin Salvant. She currently performs with such fine ensembles as the Mingus Big Band and McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse project. Helen has served on the jazz faculties at Berklee College of Music, the Juilliard School, and Columbia University, where she also was the inaugural jazz artist-in-residence at Columbia's prestigious Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute in 2019.

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It...

Hello! It has been quite the start to the New Year, and I hope you & yours are staying safe and sane as we navigate the rollercoaster that is 2021.

I am incredibly grateful for opportunities to continue being creative. Some upcoming highlights: a feature interview and concert retrospective on NPR's Jazz Night In America radio program on March 4; a live stream concert with my Quartet from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Jazz Club on March 11; new episodes of my monthly Music & (Neuro)Science program on March 12 and 16. Meanwhile, I continue to work on new music, play the odd gig here and there, and apply for grants so I can make even more music - wish me luck :)

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Releases as Leader

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Sung with Words
Anthem for a New Day
Going Express
Sung Bird
Live at the Blue Note


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