Youn Sun Nah

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Youn Sun Nah is well regarded for her remarkable vocal prowess. The Korean jazz vocalist’s ability to present each song in her own unique style filled full of emotions and passion has consistently captured her audience in attentive silence, ending with roaring appreciation. The songstress traverse the vocal spectrum effortlessly to the extent where she’s not just another vocalist, she’s a musical instrument. French newspaper, Le Monde described her as “a UFO touching the universe of jazz with a magnificent voice and passionate originality; Jubilation in triple time.”

Nah’s current project sees her collaborating with Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius. The stripped down format provides ample of space for the two talented musicians to improvise and explore the many facets of jazz. The vocal prowess of Youn Sun Nah and Ulf Wakenius’ prolific guitar skills complement each other amazingly well. Their unique musical chemistry allows them to traverse different musical aspects, creating very interesting musical dialogues. To date, the duo has released two albums under top German jazz label ACT, Voyage (2009) and Same Girl (2010).

The latest album ‘Same Girl’ embraces 11 fascinating songs interpretations such as ‘My Favorite Things’ to ‘La Chanson d'Hélène’ and ‘Enter Sandman’ as well as original compositions ‘Uncertain Weather’ and ‘Breakfast In Baghdad.’ The diversity of the album showcases her distinctive voice building the framework for her multi-faceted musical taste.

Michel Contat from French Media Company Telerama exclaims, “Delicious is the word that comes to mind when you listen to Youn Sun Nah. But the young Korean is also moving, radiant, sometimes funny, always sensual, a spicy creature of the night. Her voice is ideally in tune, with trills in the upper register that cleave you to the core." Her collaboration with Ulf Wakenius at this point of Nah’s musical journey presents a unique performance filled to the brim with emotions and impressive musical talent; one that many have experienced and yearn for more. "We often imagine that jazz can only come from the US or from Europe, and in that case, mainly from France. Well, you can throw out all those received ideas: the greatest jazz singer of today is Korean. Her name is Youn Sun NAH. Those fortunate enough to have seen her on stage know to what dizzying heights she can lead them,” proclaims Renaud Czarnes of Les Echos (France).