Amsterdam based South-Korean drummer Sun-Mi Hong got her breakthrough in 2016, winning the International Jazz Award in Getxo (ESP) with the Daahoud Salim Quintet, followed by the B-Jazz Award in Leuven (BEL) the year after. Already during her studies at the Amsterdam University of Arts (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) with Martijn Vink, Marcel Serierse and Lucas van Merwijk, Sun toured intensely with Karel Boehlee, Benjamin Herman and Jasper Blom and successfully released her debut album in 2017. In 2018 she won second place at the Getxo International Jazz Competiton, won the Sena Dutch Jazz Competition and performed at Amersfoort Jazz with the all ladies quintet ‘Bitches Brewery’ featuring Kika Sprangers, Phaedra Kwant, Hermine Deurloo and Corrie van Binsbergen. Sun subsequently was selected Young VIP 2019.
With her own group, consisting of upcoming and outstanding musicians Alistair Payne (trumpet), Nicolo Ricci (sax), Young-Woo Lee (piano) and Alessandro Fongaro (bass), Sun-Mi Hung performs as a Sena Performers International Jazz Laureate on Saturday, May 25th, at de Observant. The Sun-Mi Hong Quintet is influenced by the ICP Orchestra, Ambrose Akinmusire and Maurice Ravel, and described as “an emerging addition to the European scene of improvised and contemporary jazz music”.