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A bonus – Yunmi Kang & Sangyeon Park, St Stephens, July 6

July 8, 2018
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It was too hot to go out, but cool inside the old church – and worth the excursion to hear a lovely set by two visitors from afar. OK, Yunmi Kang (vocal, piano) and her partner Sangyeon Park (guitar) both studied in Europe (Germany, the Netherlands) but they hail from South Korea. Visiting Bristol, a mutual friend introduced them to trumpeter Dave Mowat – and presto, a trio gig.

It was all put together very quickly, with a consequently modest audience, but those who made it could hear why the three hit it off musically. They played all their own compositions, and all three lean toward the lyrical, with a melancholic strain often surfacing.

Kang’s voice is astonishingly good – I hate the thing where all singers are expected to dig into the standard repertoire but it does sound made for jazz standards. On her own pieces, and those by the others, it still shone, and her own piano comping and the guitar fitted her singing perfectly. The blend with Mowat’s clear-toned trumpet gave the whole thing something of the air of the great (most people think) Azimuth, with Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler. They turned the lofty space of St Stephens into a place of refuge and refreshment at the end of a searing, sun-scorched day.

The visitors promise a return in January, so worth looking out for dates in the new year for yet another pair of artists who prove that, these days, first rate young jazz musicians can come from anywhere in the world.


(pic appropriated from St Stephens Facebook here.

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  1. July 9, 2018 12:14 am

    Thank you for the gre

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