Posted on September 16, 2015, BY Staff

Jazz pianist and composer Helen Sung will perform with her quintet Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

Hosted as part of the Jazz@Bucknell chamber series, admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

A native of Houston, Texas, Sung is a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, an intensive program accepting only seven students annually. Now based in New York City, she won the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition in 2007. She has recorded five albums including her 2006 sophomore release, Helenistique, praised as "one of the year's most exciting listens" by JazzTimes. Sung's latest album is Anthem For A New Day, released in 2014 on Concord Records.

The Kalamazoo Gazette described her performances as transporting listeners to "a place of passion, adventure and drama, and truckloads of rhythm ... taking audiences for a ride they won't soon forget."

Sung has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the DC Jazz Festival, Seattle's Earshot Festival and on the late Marian McPartland's NPR Piano Jazz program.

Jazz@Bucknell
The Jazz@Bucknell series presents international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition. Upcoming performances in the fall 2015 series include the Wee Trio on Oct. 29 and Ike Sturm's Jazz Mass on Nov. 5.  

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