Sun-Mi Hong Quintet
Drummer Sun-Mi Hong was born and raised in Korea, but after seven years in Amsterdam she has firmly established herself on the European jazz scene. She brings her quintet to this year’s Kongsberg Jazz Festival.
When Sun-Mi Hong talks about her main influences, she mentions musicians such as Brian Blade, Wayne Shorter and Elvin Jones – and these are also clearly present in the music that her quintet plays. Energetic, vital and with an amazingly groovy drummer, the quintet’s American influences are also coloured with European impressionism and impulses from Korean music. Their style is dramatic and emotionally varied, from sensitive minimalism to a volatile, forceful power. Sun-Mi Hong is not only an exceptional drummer – she is also a talented composer – and her compositions form the lion’s share of the quintet’s repertoire.
In 2018 Sun-Mi Hong won the Dutch Jazz Competition, and in 2019 she was chosen to play on the Young VIPs Tour, for which 25 Dutch jazz clubs select particularly promising bands. She and the quintet have already played several of Europe’s most important venues, such as Ronnie Scott’s in London and the North Sea Festival. The renowned website ProgJazz proclaimed that “Sun-Mi Hong drives our optimism and hopes for the future of jazz music”.
Nicolò Ricci – tenor sax
Alistair Payne – trumpet
Chaerin Im – piano
Alessandro Fongaro – bass
Sun-Mi Hong – drums