HYESEON HONG JAZZ ORCHESTRA Birdland Jazz Club Sun, May 5 Open: 4:30 pm | Show: 5:30 pm

The Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra is excited to be returning to Birdland Jazz Club to perform music for their upcoming release entitled "Things Will Pass". The compositions center around a theme of hope and resilience. Composer Hyeseon Hong will also be premiering two new pieces entitled "A Strong Tree" and "Hide the Moon". The band features a stellar lineup of top NYC musicians:

Vocalist: Aubrey Johnson

Woodwinds: Ben Kono, Matt Hong, Jon Boutellier, Mitch Marcus, Andrew Hadro

Trumpets: Jesse Klirsfeld, Josh Deutsch, Mark McGowan, Colin Brigstocke

Trombones: Jason Jackson, Peter Lin, Daniel Linden, Brandon Moodie

Rhythm: Broc Hempel, Matt Panayides, Evan Gregor, Jeff Davis

Hyeseon Hong is a Korean jazz composer and arranger who has been working in both NYC and Seoul for many years. She is currently set to release her second big band album on the Pacific Coast Jazz label with Rich Perry on tenor sax and a band filled with top NYC musicians. In 2017 she released EE-YA-GI, on the Summit record label featuring her original compositions and arrangements. Her music creates a dialog between her Korean cultural heritage and the culture of the west. This theme is the centerpiece of the Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra, in which Hong blends elements of classical music, modern jazz big band, and Korean traditional music to create a sound that is at once familiar yet original. Her compelling compositions feature beautiful melodies with harmonically-rich, impressionistic backgrounds. Korean art is characterized by harmony with nature. Hong, who spent many years studying art in her native Seoul, approaches each composition with the eye of a painter, using Korean rhythms and memorable melodies to create inviting sonic pictures of the natural world.

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