She Moves On Youn Sun Nah

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Label: ACT Music

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Youn Sun Nah

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  • 1Traveller03:43
  • 2Teach the Gifted Children04:13
  • 3Too Late05:04
  • 4She Moves On04:45
  • 5No Other Name02:45
  • 6The Dawntreader05:30
  • 7Drifting04:38
  • 8Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair04:14
  • 9A Sailor's Life08:42
  • 10Fools Rush In04:04
  • 11Evening Star03:00
  • Total Runtime50:38

Info for She Moves On

Youn Sun Nah is “one of the finest jazz singers on the planet.” (The Observer - UK). Four years have passed since her last highly successful opus, “Lento”, and now the extremely popular Korean, Parisbased vocal star is back, with a new album. It is a completely fresh project, recorded with a top New York band. Great intimacy, poetry and charm, pure-toned and emotional honesty – you can expect all of that from Youn Sun Nah.

Korean singer Youn Sun Nah is one of the most brilliantly successful artists of our time in jazz and the music related to it. In her native country she is a major star. Her love of chanson took her to France, the country where her meteoric rise and her huge success all across Europe took wing. In “She Moves On” this chameleonic and delightful artist has reinvented herself once again.

In South Korea Youn Sun Nah is a national celebrity. She first made her name in a musical, with a role in the Korean version of the successful German show “Line 1” – and that led to the blossoming of her solo career. She was several-times winner at the Korean Music Awards, she was invited to sing at the G20 Summit Meeting in Seoul, and also represented her country in 2014 at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. She was Unesco Goodwill Ambassador for Korea on International Jazz Day.

She discovered French chanson early in life and that eventually led her to move to France, which has become like a second home country to her, and was also the springboard for her massive success in Europe. Her last two albums, “Same Girl” and “Lento”, have amassed combined sales of 150,000. Her achievements have also received substantial recognition in France: a “Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres” and awards at the “Académie du Jazz”. In just under five years she performed about 500 concerts all across Europe. “Same Girl” from 2010 was the album which brought about her breakthrough into Germany; she won the ECHO Award for best jazz singer and two Jazz GOLD Awards. It was only after that she had moved to Europe, and through collaborations with jazz musicians such as Ulf Wakenius and Vincent Peirani, that she immersed herself in the world of jazz and American song; songs by Nat King Cole, Tom Waits and Randy Newman became part of her repertoire.

On the new album “She Moves On”, Youn Sun Nah now has concentrated her attention on jazz and folk music from North America. In order to be completely, authentically within this musical world, she recorded the album in New York, with a new band consisting of some of the most interesting and multi-faceted characters in the city. The most important of these new partners-in-crime is the producer, pianist and keyboard player Jamie Saft. He has until now mainly been known for his work with experimenters and avant-garde figures such as John Zorn, Mark Ribot, Cuong Vu and Chris Speed, but here he reveals that he is also a highly sensitive accompanist, capable of the most subtle variation. As producer he has created a warm sound for the album, redolent of the greats of the past but at the same time thoroughly contemporary.

The collection presented on “She Moves On” offers compositions by some of the greats – but never their best known or most obvious songs – plus a few traditional melodies. Among the discoveries here are Joni Mitchell’s “The Dawntreader” and “She Moves On” by Paul Simon. Simon’s lyrics to this song – describing Carrie Fisher – are quite wordy, but Youn Sun Nah handles them with an irresistibly light touch. There is a surprisingly joyous version of Lou Reed’s “Teach the Gifted Children”. Nobody can sing ballads as touchingly as Youn Sun Nah, and she draws the listener in emotionally with songs such as “No Other Name” and “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair”. Her three originals “Traveller”, “Evening Star” and “Too Late” are a completely organic fit with the folk/jazz vibe of the album.

Just as the choice of Jamie Saft has produced felicitous results and taken the album to a very different place from what might have been expected, the other musicians in the group also prove to be inspired choices: guitarist Marc Ribot is on five tracks, with the unmistakable sound and musical personality that he has also brought in the past to the work of artists such as Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Laurie Anderson. Drummer Dan Rieser brought his tasteful, pared-back sound to the phenomenally successful 2002 album from Norah Jones, “Come Away With Me”. He and the bassist on the album, Brad Jones, are musically on home territory just about anywhere from avant-garde to pop, and in their playing both of them give frequent and fascinating flashes of their broad stylistic palette.

Untouched by fads and fashions, Youn Sun Nah’s voice is instantly recognizable, charismatically urgent and infinitely adaptable. Whether in songs from musicals, chanson, world music, folk or jazz, Youn Sun Nah’s ability to affect the souls of listeners directly, and her ability to tell compelling stories have made her an international phenomenon.

Youn Sun Nah, Vocals, Kalimba
Jamie Saft, Piano, Hammond Organ, Fender Rhodes & Wurlitzer Electric Pianos
Brad Jones, Acoustic Bass
Dan Rieser, Drums
Marc Ribot, Electric & Acoustic Guitars (on tracks 02, 04, 05, 07, 11)
Special Guests on track 03:
Maxim Moston, Violin, String Arrangement
Antoine Silverman, Violin
Hiroko Taguchi, Viola
Anja Wood, Violoncello

Produced by Jamie Saft
Executive Producer / JJ In (Hub Music Inc.)

Youn Sun Nah
(born on August 28, 1969 in Seoul/Korea) grew up in a musical family: her father was a conductor, her mother a classical singer. She made her musical debut as a singer at age 23 with a concert with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, and went on to perform in numerous Korean musicals on a national stage, for which she has received numerous awards.

However, she did not find that musical environment fulfilling. She decided to go to Paris in 1995 to study jazz and French chanson at the CIM school (one of the oldest jazz schools in Europe), at the National Music Institute of Beauvais, and at the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Conservatory. Her innate talent for jazz revealed itself when she started playing in Parisian jazz clubs with her group, the Youn Sun Nah 5tet. She made her rounds on the Paris club scene, performances that would earn her invitations to work with many famous musicians. Youn Sun Nah made strong showing in a number of jazz competitions like La Défense, St. Maur, and Montmartre. She became the buzzword in theatres and festivals all over France, while also performing in Korea, essentially managing simultaneous careers in two countries.

Producing five albums in six years, she held numerous performances in France, Europe, and in Asia including Korea. Such vigorous activity would earn her an award as “Best Artist” in the Crossover category in Korea in 2004. The same year, the release of So I Am... was widely celebrated by French audiences as well as the press, who regarded her as one of the most remarkable singers of this generation. Active touring and musical performances finally came to fruition in the form of the Grand Prize at the highly reputable Jazz à Juan Concours in 2005, in addition to the prize of Best Young Artist Of The Year in Korea. Youn Sun Nah established her position as a premiere jazz artist in the Asian music scene and marketplace with the album Memory Lane, co-produced with Denmark’s top pianist Niels Lan Doky and Korean bassist Kim Jeong-Ryul in 2007. She also earned recognition from the American media and noted personalities from around the world with an invitation and performance at the Jazz at Lincoln Center, which would launch her to world stardom.

She is an artist who never fails to move audiences wherever she may be performing, in Europe, USA, Australia, and Asia. In 2009 ACT has signed her as an exclusive artist. Together with world-famous Swedish artists like Ulf Wakenius and Lars Danielsson she recorded her newest album and ACT-debut, VOYAGE (ACT 9019-2), which will be released by ACT in May 2009.

Booklet for She Moves On

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