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Helen Sung’s Sung With Words

Helen Sung – piano
John Ellis – saxophone
Joe Martin – bass
Rudy Royston – drums
Christie Dashiell – voice
Winning a Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation “New Jazz Works” grant enabled pianist/composer Helen Sung to fulfill a long-time dream: to create Sung With Words, a collaborative project with the celebrated American poet Dana Gioia. Utilizing jazz and poetry as powerful catalysts to create new music, Sung With Words is Sung’s first project to feature all original music, consisting of vocal works where Gioia’s poems serve as lyrics, as well as instrumental compositions inspired by words (for example, her “Lament for Kalief Browder”). 
Pianist/composer Helen Sung hails from Houston, TX, where she attended the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. An aspiring classical pianist before jazz intervened during undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Sung went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance (at the New England Conservatory) and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Now based in New York City, Sung has worked with a “Who’s Who” in Jazz, including the late Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter.
With five albums as leader, Sung’s sixth release Anthem For A New Day (Concord Jazz) topped jazz radio charts and garnered a SESAC Performance Activity Award. With appearances at major festivals/venues including Newport, Monterey, Detroit, SFJAZZ, and Carnegie Hall, Sung is also stepping onto the international stage: her “NuGenerations” Project toured southern Africa as a US State Department Jazz Ambassador and other engagements include a European CD Release Tour for Anthem, the London Jazz Festival, Taichung International Jazz Festival (Taiwan), and Morelia Music Festival (Mexico). Sung also currently performs with fine ensembles such as the Mingus Big Band, T.S.Monk Band, and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project (she performed on Carrington’s Grammy-winning album Mosaic Project).
Sung is an active composer and has received several commissions and grants, including a 2014 Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation New Jazz Works Grant. Inspired by her experience at the Monk Institute, Sung stays involved in music education through residencies/workshops, and joined the jazz faculties at the Juilliard School and Columbia University in 2015




Dec 05 2018


6:30 pm - 10:30 pm




Dazzle @ Baur's
1512 Curtis Street, Denver, CO, 80202


(303) 839-5100

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