Biography

Born and raised in In-Cheon, Korea; Sun-Mi has a unique perspective of life after her last ten years in Amsterdam. With a signature of rooted groove in combination with well tempered outbursts, Sun-Mi has placed herself strongly in the Dutch jazz scene. By approaching the moment in a somewhat meditative fashion, she achieves the ability to bring something entirely original to the band stand.

Her last album ‘A Self-Strewn Portrait’ (ZenneZ Records) has won the prize of the Edison Award 2021 in National category. She is the winner of the Dutch Jazz Competition 2018 and the 2nd Prize of the Getxo International Jazz Competition 2017 (Sun-Mi Hong Quintet), She just released a new album with her quintet on Edition Records on the 18th of November 2022.


Formally precise, but not at the expense of spontaneous wildness

Downbeat

Sun-Mi Hong Quintet

The Sun-Mi Hong Quintet is an Emerging addition to the European scene of Improvised and Contemporary Jazz music. The Quintet walks the line between elaborate composition and the great void that is improvised music.

Albums

2017 ‘First Page’
2020 ‘Second Page: A Self-Strewn Portrait’ [Zennez Records]
2022 ‘Third Page: Resonance’ [Edition Records]

“Sun-Mi Hong’s compositions have a wide span of tension and continue to fascinate because composition and free passages merge seamlessly. Subtle and probing rhythms alternate with driving percussion.” -Edison Awards 2021

IN:人

Sun-Mi Hong & Alistair Payne forming a duo is almost as predictable as the sun rise. With a long track record playing together in a wide array of projects and as partners who together form the driving force for the Sun-Mi Hong Quintet, this pair are extremely sensitive to each others ideals in life, and in music. Quarantine time has sprouted some new roots for this duo; the drive to keep experimenting and expressing the moment showing that art is not optional. The debut album “IN:人” being the fruits of their labour.

Album

2020 ‘Slow Walk’

“Trumpet and drums: substantial tools when betaking oneself into danger zones, greet the dragons and sounding the world. These duets, created with Occam’s razor seem to be both engraved and volatile, evident and ungraspable, daring and down to earth… And above all: they excel in playful clarity. Scotsman Payne and Korean woman Hong are part of a young and vibrant international scene shining in Amsterdam.”-
European Media Chart October 2021 – Henning Bolte 

Fraanje/Soares/Hong

is formed by Dutch pianist Harmen Fraanje, Portuguese alto saxophonist José Soares and South-Korean drummer Sun Mi HongThis trio was formed in the beginning of 2021. These three members stand amongst the most innovative contemporary musicians on the scene. This trio is born out of a simple quest: allowing the volatile sense of self-freedom within music to be united as one voice, by trusting each other and allowing for, out of silence, sound and narrative to be formed. 

“this trio emerged as a strong, inspired, focused match capable of rolling out original and gripping musical lines beyond the more travelled trio tracks.” by Henning Bolte-  All About Jazz (North Sea Round Town)

Dance In Four Colours

is a contemporary ensemble led by Sun-Mi Hong that combines drums, electronics, strings and dance. An improvised interplay by Sun-Mi Hong (North sea Round Town, Artist in Focus 2021) and keyboard player Philipp Rüttgers, forms the basis of ‘Dance In Four Colours’. This foundation of percussion and keys is supplemented with strings, synth and bass.

Sun-Mi Hong Quintet album release tour

12/02/2023 Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch, Netherlands

01/04/2023 Transition Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands

07/04/2023 De Tor, Enschede, Netherlands

08/04/2023 Sounds, Brussels, Belgium

18/04/2023 Moods, Zürich, Switzerlands

20-21/04/2023 NDR, Hamburg, Germany

28/04/2023 Sendesaal, Bremen, Germany

Side Projects

02/02/2023 Teis Semey Quintet – Giant Steps, Svendborg, Denmark

06/02/2023 Mofaya vs IN – Occii, Amsterdam, NL

08/02/2023 Teis Semey Quintet – BMC, Budapest, Hungary

09/02/2023 No Fill3R – Jazz in Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

10/02/2023 Teis Semey Quintet – Paradox, Tilburg, Netherlands

11/02/2023 Teis Semey Quintet – De Pletterij, Haarlem, Netherlands

17/02/2023 Teis Semey Quintet – Sounds, Brussels, Netherlands

24/02/2023 Ant/ Alex Tour – Sheffield Jazz Festival, Sheffield, UK

25/02/2023 Ant/ Alex Tour – Newcastle Jazz Festival, Newcastle, UK

26/02/2023 Ant/ Alex Tour – Nottingham, UK

27/02/2023 Ant/ Alex Tour – NQ Jazz, Manchester, UK

28/02/2023 Ant/ Alex Tour – Royal Academy London, London, UK

02/03/2023 Ant/ Alex Tour – Royal Welsh College, Wales

03/03/2023 Ant/ Alex Tour – Vortex, London, UK

04/03/2023 Ant/ Alex Tour – Doromara, Northern Ireland, UK

05/03/2023 Ant/ Alex Tour – Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

07/03/2023 International Women’s Day Jam session at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam, Netherlands

08/03/2023 Teis Semey Quintet – Bimhuis (Footprints), Amsterdam, Netherlands

09/03/2023 Footprints Festival talk – Bimhuis, Amsterdam

11/03/2023 Ambergris – Toonzaal, Den Bosch, Netherlands

18/03/2023 Sun-Mi Hong; Makrokosmos – Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands

19/03/2023 Ant/ Alex Tour – Bristol, UK

20/03/2023 No Fiil3R – Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany

23/03/2023 Pietre – De Ruimte, Amsterdam, Netherlands

01/04/2023 Yuri Honing’s Peace Orchestra – Transition Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands

02/04/2023 Fuensanta Ensemble Grande – Cologne, Germany

05/04/2023 Yuri Honing’s Peace Orchestra – Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands